Clive Elementary Receives Grant from CenturyLink Foundation

Clive Elementary receives a check in the amount of $3,000 from the CenturyLink (CL) Foundation’s Teachers and Technology Grant Program and the Iowa Association of School Boards. From left are CL General Manager Tim White, WDM Supt Peter Asingh, CL Area Operations Manager Jeff Blackmer, Clive Elementary teachers Rachel Binder and Sharon Hart, Clive Elem. Principal Brandon Pierce, CL Assistant VP Michael Sadler and CL Market Development Manager David Slinker.

The CenturyLink Foundation and the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) awarded West Des Moines’s Clive Elementary $3,000 from the CenturyLink Foundation Teachers and Technology grant program at a luncheon at IASB in Des Moines April 27. Teacher Sharon Hart is director of the project titled “Inspiring Reluctant Readers Using Nook Tablets.” Grant funds will be used to purchase the Nooks and e-books to go with them.

Hart explained that second-grade students will be able to experience e-books in formats that include reading only, reading with animation and voice, and reading with recording for playback and analysis. As they improve their reading skills, they will also be learning about new technology.

“As part of our efforts to strengthen the communities we serve, CenturyLink, through the CenturyLink Foundation, is proud to partner with the Iowa Association of School Boards in awarding this grant to Carlisle,” said Tim White, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for Iowa. “We are excited to foster the pursuit of knowledge and empowerment of students through this program.”

“School leaders understand that innovation and rigor in the classroom are paramount to improving student achievement in the 21st century,” said Lou Ann Gvist, research director for IASB. “The CenturyLink grant recognizes teachers who are taking steps to incorporate technology into their content and instruction to enrich lessons and engage students.”

The CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grant program is in its sixth year of recognizing and rewarding public school teachers who use innovative technology in the classroom to improve the educational experience for students.

This year, the program awarded a total of $50,000 through six grants at Iowa schools. The other winning schools are Lark/Central Elementary in the West Monona district, Tri-County Schools, Carlisle Middle School, Manson-NW Webster Jr-Sr High and Fairview Elementary in Carroll.

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About the CenturyLink Foundation
The CenturyLink Foundation’s core principle is that investing in education provides lasting value for the future. The CenturyLink Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre K-12 education.

About Iowa Association of School Boards
The Iowa Association of School Boards is a primary advocate for outstanding public education for all Iowa students. Part of IASB’s mission is to foster excellence and equity in public education by providing objective, reliable information and research to school boards and other education policy makers.