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Bunn Elementary gets $5K grant for STEM course

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MONROE, La. — A Bunn Elementary School teacher won a $5,000 grant from CenturyLink to fund a hands-on learning program. 

CenturyLink announced $500,000 in grants awarded to 114 technology-focused projects across the nation as part of its of the Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. 

According to CenturyLink, the Bunn Elementary funds will support teacher Kathryn Tharrington’s STEAM: Expanding Student Engagement Through Hands-On Activities program. 

STEM — an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math — and STEAM, which includes arts, was a key component of the programs that won grants, CenturyLink. It said technology will support innovating learning during the pandemic.

“Our goal with these grants is to help teachers expose students to STEM ... concepts through the use of innovative equipment and projects,” said Stephanie Calhoun, CenturyLink vice president of talent management. “Our teachers and students have faced so many challenges this spring with closures and adapting to distance and online classes. These CenturyLink grants will help teachers reach and teach. It helps them bring useful technology into everyday learning.”