CenturyLink assists with ed grants

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In partnership with the Public Education and Business Coalition and Colorado Mesa University, The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation plans to award $145,000 in technology grants to teachers within the company’s service area. The grants will be awarded to teachers who have a strong desire to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms.

Among other things, past grant recipients have used the funds to purchase 3-D printers to use in design and engineering labs, as well as to purchase Jawbone Up bracelets for students to use during health science units to record sleep patterns, calorie intake and other health related patterns. CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grants are limited to $5,000 per application, and applications are being accepted through Jan. 10, 2014. To learn more about the program or to apply for a grant, please visit www.centurylink.com/home/aboutus/coloradoteachers.  

Douglas 911 center honored

The Douglas Regional 911 Communication Center received the Initial Accreditation Award for Public Safety Communications from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Sheriff David A. Weaver traveled with other members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to Winston-Salem, N.C., in November to receive the honor, awarded to law enforcement agencies worldwide for their abilities to deliver public safety services, efficient use of resources and setting high standards and goals.

“I’m extremely proud of our 911 dispatchers and their dedication to keep our community safe,” Weaver said. “This accreditation is another shining example that DCSO strives to meet the law enforcement best practices with all that we do.”

Rock Canyon grad recognized

Rock Canyon High School graduate Brandon Speer, a sophomore at the University of Colorado, is the recent recipient of the Dry Creek Sertoma Service to Mankind Award for his work with the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado Youth Council, of which he is a founding member.

Speer, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 12, has dedicated much of his time in recent years to developing future leaders for the foundation and advocating for people living with epilepsy and combating the stigma that goes with it. A video he appears in and helped create, called “Talk About It,” won the Gold Medal National Award for Educational Media and can be seen at www.epilepsycolorado.org.

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