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Middle Schoolers Pick Recipients For CenturyLink Grants

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By Jay Michaels

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) It's hard to decide where to donate your money these days, especially when causes like the Oklahoma tornado are concerned. But for the second year in a row, CenturyLink picked ten Idaho middle schools to help spread some real hope.

Middle school students in Jerome and Kimberly have learned how to "give back" to their communities. One class in each school applied for a three thousand dollar grant from CenturyLink. Then the students had to decide which local non-profit groups to give the money to.

Jerome Middle School teacher Kim Lickley says, "So I presented it to the students and they all voted yeah, let's go ahead and try it. We figured that was a really good way to impact some local non-profit organizations in a small avenue."

After researching 30 organizations, the Jerome Middle School students chose to split their $3,000 three ways.
Between the St. Luke's Magic Valley Health Foundation, Community Action in Twin Falls, and the Jerome Animal Shelter.

Jerome 7th grader Elle Romero says, "What they need and what they don't have enough of. Little things for St. Luke's like medicine, for South Central Community Action, gas is one because a lot of people need that. And for the Animal Shelter, medication as well and food."

Kimberly Middle School students started with a list of 32 local organizations. Then they boiled it down to 16, 8, four, and finally two worthy non-profits. In the end, the two lucky winners were the Boys and Girls Club of Magic Valley, and Court Appointed Special Advocates or "CASA."

Kimberly 8th grader Lindsey Barnhill says, "Basically how we narrowed it down was we created a mission statement, which organizations serve our community's needs. Then we had the whole student body vote on the two that they want the money to go to, and those were the two that won."

May 24, 2013.


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