Direct Communications supports Eagle Mountain Schools
October 6, 2010 Leave a comment
Eagle Mountain, Utah (Thursday, September 23, 2010)
Direct Communications, Eagle Mountain’s local internet service provider, donated a generous amount to each of the local schools in Eagle Mountain this month, to show their commitment to education in Eagle Mountain.
Eagle Valley Elementary, Hidden Hollow Elementary, Pony Express Elementary, Ranches Academy, Vista Heights, Rockwell Charter High School and Westlake High School each received an undisclosed amount from Direct Communications during the month of September.
Kip Wilson, general manager for Direct Communications, said: “We are absolutely committed to improving life in Eagle Mountain and that means supporting the local institutions that are going to help develop the community. People care about education here, so donating to the schools will hopefully demonstrate our dedication to the top community priorities, including youth development and the success of Eagle Mountain.
A significant portion of the donation to the High School will be channeled to Westlake football. Jason Walker, Head Football Coach for Westlake High School stated: “This donation from Direct Communications is a huge help to our athletics program here at Westlake High School. It will help to ensure that we have safe, quality equipment for our student-athletes, to help them practice and compete at the highest level possible. We also use a portion of the donation to pay for after-school tutors to help our student-athletes succeed in the classroom, as well as on the field. We could not provide such a positive experience for our student-athletes without the help of generous donors like Direct Communications.
Further, as part of their donation, a portion of the funds will be set aside to help fund an Athletics Department Scholarship to help students who might not otherwise be able to attend college. Direct Communications donation is the catalyst of what we hope to be a tremendous help to students now and in the future.”
Direct Communications has a long history of partnering with local school districts, especially in remote rural areas. In many rural towns in Idaho, Direct Communications was instrumental in bringing the first high-speed internet access to rural school districts. Brigham Griffin, Marketing Director for Direct Communications, explained: “Education and high-speed internet go hand-in-hand. So, as a broadband provider, supporting education is a good fit for us. Studies show that students without internet access at home are falling behind the curve today. Not only is the education market thirsty for better broadband access to improve educational opportunities for their students, but we also find that the more educated people are, the more likely they are to subscribe to our higher speed internet services. We want our schools to be strong, because that makes our communities strong and keeps our company healthy.”
Principal Keith Conley of Eagle Valley Elementary School said: “Thank you for this wonderful donation. This kind of support is so greatly appreciated. When businesses and good people donate to our school, we are able to do things for our students and staff that otherwise could not happen. We will use this donation to help fund our after-school programs. At Eagle Valley Elementary, we sponsor several after school programs to provide a wide array of activities. Among these programs, we offer Knowledge Bowl, Geography Bee, Japanese & Spanish Language Culture, Choir/Drama, Reading Remediation, Math Meet, Student Council and Family Night. Teachers advise these activities and parents volunteer as well. We provide very modest stipends and help to purchase items for the students.
This marvelous donation will go a long way in helping us to continue our tradition of providing meaningful and fun activities for our students and community. Our students, staff and community express gratitude to Direct Communications and Diane Bradshaw, for helping the Eagles at Eagle Valley Elementary School.”
Diane Bradshaw, local Direct Communications office manager for Eagle Mountain, is also involved in the Utah Scholars Program, and regularly gives presentations throughout the Alpine School District. “As a parent I wanted to find a way to help support our local schools, as well as improve our business profile. People need to know that we are heavily invested in Eagle Mountain—we are invested in the children and invested in the community. One way we can give back meaningfully is to get involved in the schools.”
Bradshaw can be found each quarter at Westlake High School, giving away prizes to recognize students for academic achievement.
It is hard to miss the signs of Direct Communications involvement around the sports fields at Westlake High School, especially the 40-foot banner facing the football field, touting the relationship between the Thunder and the local broadband company. For example, at the homecoming football game, Direct Communications will be giving away prizes to the crowd, including an Xbox. Walker said again: “Our sincerest thanks to Direct Communications for their generosity and investment in our students. We appreciate their support and look forward to working with them in the future.”
For more information contact Direct Communications at 801 789 2800 or visit www.directcom.com/eaglemtn