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Randy Brady, Snake River School District band director, received a check for $8,486 from CenturyLink for technology in his classroom.
"Wow!," was Brady's response as Jim Schmit, CenturyLink General Manager, handed him his check. "I'm super excited; this is awesome.
"I thank CenturyLink and the Idaho Department of Education for giving me the opportunity to get this," Brady said.
With this grant money, students in Snake River will be utilizing SmartMusic, drill design software and Roland Rhythm Coach to take their musical talents and marching shows to new heights.
"Everything I'm getting is portable so it can be carried to my rooms in the high school, junior high school and middle school," he said. Brady will purchase a projector to be used in class, two laptops with Mac book pro, SmartMusic, drill design software, an IPAD and Roland Rhythm Coach.
Roland Rhythm Coach measures even strokes, accuracy and rhythm and evenness of pressure on the drum heads, Brady said.
"All this fancy stuff will make us better," he said.
"I will be able to adequately assess everything in a measurable form with this technology," said Brady.
CenturyLink â€śInnovative Uses of Technology in Educationâ€ť Grant Program is now in its eighth year. CenturyLink, which merged with Qwest in April 2011, will provide a total of $100,000 to the twelve grant winners across Idaho this year, bringing the total amount of grants awarded to $590,000 over the eight years.
"This is a reflection of who we are," said Jim Schmit, CenturyLink General Manager. "Education is very important to us and we want to give back to communities.
"In 2003, we determined teachers needed more technology in their classrooms," Schmit said. "We are supporting the passion of teachers who want to integrate technology into what they are doing."
Teachers in Post Falls, Derry, Lewiston, Troy, Potlatch, Malad, Rigby and four more in the Boise valley will receive this grant money.
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