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Qwest Foundation, Iowa School Boards Foundation Announce $50,000 Grant Winners

Submitted by: Qwest Foundation

Categories: Academia, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: May 07, 2007 – 06:12 PM EST


May 07 /CSRwire/ - DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 2007--The Qwest Foundation and the Iowa School Boards Foundation today announced the winners of the 2007 Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program. Out of the 30 grant proposals, representing virtually every corner of the state -- from Anthon-Oto Maple Valley to West Liberty -- four winners were selected to share in the $50,000 grant.

"The Qwest Foundation is thrilled to improve education in the communities where our customers live and work," said Max Phillips, Qwest president for Iowa. "The Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program lets educators find new and innovative ways to help young people learn and prepare themselves for the future."

The Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program recognizes and rewards public school teachers who use innovative technology in the classroom to improve the education experience for students. Qwest provided a $900,000 donation that helps fund innovative technology grants so that individual teachers in 14 Western states can greatly improve education in the classroom.

"The Iowa Qwest Foundation has always been supportive of Iowa schools. Their primary objective is to make a positive difference for Iowa kids, and they came to us to facilitate the granting process," said Mary Delagardelle, ISBF executive director. "Both of our organizations hold the goal of excellence in education in high esteem."

Qwest Teachers and Technology Grant Winners:

Allamakee Community School District, Waukon Senior High School:

-- "Animation and Game Design in the High School"

Teachers will add an animation and game design curriculum at the senior high level. Students will use the principles of design & visual art from previous courses to animate objects in purposeful and meaningful ways. Story boards, graphic novels, cartoons, advertisements, movies, etc. will be used for real world applications of animation.

eSeal and Sigourney Community School District:

-- "Entrepreneurship and eCommerce through Technology and Applied
Botany (eTAB)"

Students will learn about being an entrepreneur and botany through technology-enhanced botany courses, then apply their learning with a student created and operated nursery business. An eTAB after school club will be formed to further actively engage students in the field of botany and related entrepreneurial experiences.

Waverly-Shell Rock Elementary School:

-- "The Great Energy Quest: The Future is in Our Hands"

School staff and community experts help all 6th graders understand information about the use of renewable and non-renewable resources, energy consumption, and the effects of energy use on their community. The project will include the use of Internet.

West Delaware Middle School:

-- "TI Navigator/TI-73 Project"

A collaboration between teachers to create a connected 7th-grade classroom to improve achievement in mathematics. Teachers create and send assignments, quizzes and tests to students' graphing calculators, and students respond individually to the questions or problems and send them back to the teacher.

About Qwest Foundation

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

About Iowa School Boards Foundation

ISBF'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.

Copyright Business Wire 2007

For more information, please contact:

Phone: 402-422-3559
Jennifer Huffman Iowa School Boards Foundation
Phone: 515-247-7036


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