Wednesday, August 10, 2011

CenturyLink and Partner To Help Students in Need

BOISE, Idaho – CenturyLink today announced their partnership with by offering a total of $100,000 in “Double Your Impact” grants for public school classroom projects throughout its markets. Public school teachers in any CenturyLink service area in Idaho are invited to visit and request support for classroom materials and projects.

Any project request up to $500 in materials submitted by a public school teacher located within a CenturyLink area is eligible. CenturyLink’s “Double Your Impact” grant provides half the cost of a project when the first half is raised through donors. For example, after donors contribute $250 toward a $500 project, CenturyLink will fund the remaining balance of the project. The company will contribute $100,000 total toward eligible projects throughout its 37-state service area.

“Supporting K-12 education is one of CenturyLink’s primary philanthropic focus areas,” said Jim Schmit, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for Idaho. “The CenturyLink and partnership reflects our brand and vision, demonstrating our commitment to improving the lives of our customers and supporting the communities in which we work and live.”

"As a long-time advocate for ensuring Idaho's children receive the best education they can, I applaud CenturyLink for partnering with to provide additional resources for teachers to help make that happen in our state," Idaho First Lady Lori Otter said. "This is a wonderful opportunity for teachers to request such items as books, musical instruments, art supplies and computers that will supplement their classroom teaching and enhance the learning experience for students."

Teachers should visit to submit their project requests. For the best chance to receive funding, project requests should be submitted by Sept. 12, 2011.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice and wireless services to consumers and businesses across the country and advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLinkTM PrismTM TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to business, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink also is recognized as a leader in the network services market by key technology industry analyst firms, and is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises through Savvis, a CenturyLink company. CenturyLink’s customers range from Fortune 500 companies in some of the country’s largest cities to families living in rural America. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit


Founded in 2000, ( is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and teacher thank-you letters. To date, 184,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $85 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through, individuals from all walks of life have helped 5.1 million students.

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