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CenturyLink middle school philanthropy program awards grants

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Pictured here during the check presentation on March 20 are (l-r) Eagle Middle School English Class Teacher Marcy Pishl, Development Director for Ronald McDonald House Ellie Pharis, Lucy Olmos fromTreasure Valley Down Syndrome Association and CenturyLink Vice President of Operations for Idaho Jim Schmit. Photo courtesy of CenturyLink.

Eagle Middle School students chose two nonprofit organizations to receive grants from CenturyLink as part of the company’s middle school philanthropy program. Marcy Pishl’s Team Odyssey English classes in Eagle researched nonprofit organizations in the area and chose to award $1,500 to Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association and $1,500 to the Ronald McDonald House on March 20.

“Rather than us prioritizing the needs in a community, this program is unique in that it provides an opportunity for students to identify those needs.” said Jim Schmit, vice president of operations for CenturyLink in Idaho.

Eagle Middle School was one of eight middle schools that participated in the fourth year of the program, which will award a total of $24,000 to Idaho nonprofits and aims to create a lifelong interest in volunteerism and community involvement, develop skills to allocate limited resources and increase civic engagement.

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