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Local CenturyLink employees present school supplies to Pikes Peak Prep

CenturyLink employees in Colorado Springs recently organized a school supplies drive for Pikes Peak Prep, a local school founded in 2005. A group of CenturyLink employees presented the supplies to students and teachers at the school on Friday October 21st, 2011.

Supporting K-12 education is one of CenturyLink’s philanthropic focus areas,” said Mark Bittle, market development manager for Colorado Springs. fter touring Pikes Peak Prep, we knew that donating supplies would help improve the lives of our customers and neighbors.

Pikes Peak Prep charter school (K-12) has experienced steady growth over the past few years. A 42% improvement in the 3rd grade reading scores over the past four years marked one of the top growth scores in Colorado Springs. Third grade students were able to increase their proficiency scores over the past year by 4% and 19% in partial proficiency.

Pikes Peak Prep charter school (K-12) has experienced steady growth over the past few years. A 42% improvement in the 3rd grade reading scores over the past four years marked one of the top growth scores in Colorado Springs. Third grade students were able to increase their proficiency scores over the past year by 4% and 19% in partial proficiency.

Eight-year-old Anthony Brown and Adrian Martinez, 16, were test driving a fancy netbook, solving a problem about temperature and friction for a bunch of dignitaries visiting Pikes Peak Prep charter school this week.

On the screen, a balloon drifted and stuck to a sweater. Anthony said it would be a neat thing to do that to his sister’s hair. The balloon would stick,” he predicted.

Then Principal Patricia Arnold told him something even more exciting about the computer.

One Aircard, One Child, One Dream Program comes to Pikes Peak Prep with 50 Dell Netbooks with Sprint Aircards and Protective Software.

Bob Logan, President of Wireless Business Solutions, LLC. a national Minority Sprint BSP Partner will explain their program “One Aircard, One Child, One Dream Program” (O3P) and the role it is playing in helping bridge the Digital Divide for Urban Schools in (11) States. will also present Pikes Peak Prep, and the Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation (GEO), Pikes Peak Prep’s educational management organization, with the program’s first 50 Dell Netbooks that utilize a Sprint Embedded Aircard. O has arranged for Pikes Peak Prep (PPP) to be one of the first schools in the nation to benefit from this opportunity and the Foundation will be receiving more than 1,300 machines next year to distribute to all of their charter schools.

On April 28 Pikes Peak Prep (PPP) received the first 50 Dell Netbooks with Sprint Aircards and protective software installed on each computer. WBS LLC's (One Aircard One Dream program) assisted PPP to find a workable learning solution. This end to end managed solution combined funding from E-Rate with private funding to provide it’s students with 50 Sprint aircards bundled with 50 Dell Mini-Netbooks each loaded with Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) software. Therefore, wherever students are on campus or off campus on field trips, they are able to investigate the world through a safe and secure environment and are no longer reliant on internal infrastructure or staff from Pikes Peak Prep.

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