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Qwest donates $25,000 for education

New Mexico Business Weekly

December 22, 2009



Qwest Communications International donated $25,000 for five educational projects in New Mexico.

Grant recipients were selected in partnership with Innovate-Educate New Mexico and the local affiliate chapter of the International Society for Technology in Education.

Qwest will provide $5,000 grants for three projects: magnet curriculum for arts and science at Sierra Middle School in Las Cruces, Peñasco Middle School efforts to supply one computer for every math student, and a Vista Grande High School project to create a virtual tour of roadside geology in New Mexico.

Another $4,000 grant will benefit the Advanced Placement Computer Science and Supercomputer Challenge project in New Mexico. A $3,000 grant will go to Picacho Middle School for students to gain hands-on media by creating public service announcements for closed circuit television and low-powered AM radio.

Finally, $3,000 will help finance travel and expenses for grant recipients to attend a statewide teacher conference in Albuquerque in spring 2010.

Qwest (NYSE: Q) considers education a priority for its charitable donations, said Qwest New Mexico President Loretta Armenta in a news release.

“At its heart, the Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program is designed to better prepare New Mexican students to compete and succeed in our technology-driven world by helping teachers get technology into their classrooms to introduce and reinforce key concepts,” Armenta said.