Delta Magnet School of Academic and Performing Arts science teacher Ophelia Perkins recently received a grant for $5,000 from CenturyLink's Clarke M. Williams Foundation's Teachers and Technology Program.

The program, which began in 2008, is offered to schools in CenturyLink's local service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classroom. Perkins was one out of seven teachers selected out of 30 total applicants.

“I'm so excited, the monies will come in handy to enrich our student's already creative minds,” Perkins said.

Magnet School Principal Cynthia Clark expressed how proud she was of Perkins.

“She worked hard to get the grant,” Clark said. “We appreciate the effort she put in to get it. The money will go towards enhancing her science lessons.”

According to CenturyLink's website, the Clarke M. Williams Foundation, an organization dedicated to contributing to endeavors that improve the well-being and overall quality of life for people throughout communities, is an extension of CenturyLink's vision to improve lives, strengthen business and connect communities by delivering advanced technologies and solutions. The program is named after CenturyLink's founder Clarke M. Williams.

Teachers and Technology grants are designed to help fund projects that advance student success through the innovative use of technology. Teachers in public or private kindergarten through 12th grade schools in CenturyLink's service area are eligible to apply for a Teachers and Technology grant.

For more information about the Teachers and Technology program, email local coordinator Jeff Jones at