After a surprise visit, a couple of educators are looking forward to having technology upgrades in their classrooms to help students.
On behalf of CenturyLink’s Clarke M. Williams Foundation, representative Darrell Jones presented two checks Friday at local schools. Named after the founder of communications company, the Teachers & Technology Program supports projects that advance student success through technology. Jones, area plant supervisor, visited Lakewood High School (LHS) to give Media Specialist Dana Hairr $3,670.20 for notebooks.
“In our school, we need a lot of technology,” Hairr said. “It’s constantly changing and updating, so I wanted to add some technology for our students to use.”
She added that district officials will assist with the additions, since she did her part by receiving the grant. According to CenturyLink, public or private school teachers in CenturyLink’s coverage area may apply for the grant.
“We’re just very thankful that CenturyLink is able to support education,” said LHS Principal Kevin Hunter. “I’m proud of (Dana Hairr) for taking the initiative to try to secure some extra funds to provide for our students.”
More than 20 grants were awarded throughout North Carolina, totaling $95,000.
“We’re very proud to be able to support local schools and provide the necessary funds for them to enhance their teaching opportunities,” Jones said. “It’s a good thing that Century Link does this for the school systems.”
Next, Jones made another stop at Hobbton Elementary School (HES) to award teacher Carrie Sutton with a $1,070 check. The funds will be used to purchase two iPads for exceptional children at the school.
“This will help with communication for the students because some of our kids are nonverbal,” Sutton said. “By using the technology, there are apps available to help them communicate.”
HES Principal Dawn Wilkes said Sutton does an excellent job finding items and ways t help her students be successful.
“She is always looking for ways to receive money to purchase items that can be used in her classroom,” Wilkes said.
Glenn Tart, Sampson County Schools board member, commended CenturyLink’s technology.
“I just think it’s awesome that they come and give back to the school,” Tart said. “I certainly appreciate all the hard work that these teachers do. They have to take time to write and apply for these grants.”
He also mentioned how the grants are a big benefit to the community.
“I don’t know what the county would do without the extra help we get through these grants and these hard working teachers,” Tart said. “On the opposite side of that, these corporations are helping out the school system and giving back. It’s an awesome opportunity and on behalf of the school board, I certainly appreciate it.”
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