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CenturyLink Director of Government Affairs Andy Schriner presents the grant to Rahn Elementary teacher Alissa Tofte, whose students helped write the application.

Rahn Elementary School received a $5,000 grant through the CenturyLink 2018-19 Teachers and Technology Grant Program this month.

The program recognizes and supports innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects in the classroom, according to a release from the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District. 

Alissa Tofte, a fourth-grade teacher at Rahn, submitted the winning application, one of approximately 1,300 total submissions. Her class worked together to create the submission.

“What a great opportunity for (students) to realize the impact that can be made from the learning, collaboration and work we do in our classroom every day,” said Tofte in a news release.

The STEM project for which Tofte received the CenturyLink grant is focused on integrating an interactive flat panel into the classroom to allow students to expand academic and social skills.

“While my current students are disappointed that they won't be able to use the new technology, they were excited that our writing project found success beyond our classroom walls," she said. 

The CenturyLink program will provide a range of equipment to 180 classrooms this year including robotics, drones and microscopes, according to the release. The $5,000 grant is part of $750,000 awarded by the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation across 34 states.

Christine Schuster is a reporter for the Savage Pacer.

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