On Tuesday, December 14, 2021, the local leaders of Kinetic by Windstream recognized Carolina Springs Middle School history teacher Matthew Helm as the winner of the Windstream Teacher Classroom Supplies Grant contest for South Carolina. Accordingly, they presented a grant check for $1,000.00 to the Lexington One Educational Foundation, which will administer the grant funds.

Kinetic by Windstream recently accepted teacher nominations for the grant as part of a company-wide initiative to give back to the community and to show their appreciation for teachers. Students and community leaders were asked to write about their favorite teachers and submit their nominations to the company.

Out of 360 plus submissions, Mr. Matt Helm was selected as the honored teacher to represent South Carolina. According to Windstream, one student wrote “Mr. Helm isn’t like other history teachers. He gets us to do hands-on activities in order to learn and he believes that the best way to learn is to get involved with the situation.”

During the presentation, Mr. Helm shared the news with his students that the grant money will be used for purchasing educational tools for the students to use in his classroom. Carolina Springs Middle School Principal Dr. Brice Cockfield congratulated Mr. Helms for this honor. Julie Anderson Washburn, Executive Director for the Educational Foundation stated,

“This Kinetic by Windstream Teacher Grant is such a wonderful gift to Mr. Helm and his students. It will enable him to purchase some amazing educational tools to use in teaching his students and hopefully instill a love of learning in his students. Granted I’m guessing he is already a pretty awesome teacher to have been selected for this honor.”

The Lexington One Educational Foundation is fortunate to have caring corporate partners like Kinetic by Windstream that appreciate and financially support our teachers in Lexington District One. Our teachers work tirelessly to provide quality education to our students and such local investments in our teachers and students have an immensely positive impact by enhancing learning in our classrooms.

About Lexington County School District One Educational Foundation

Established in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Lexington One Educational Foundation is a source of growth and support for Lexington County School District One. Our mission is to support the district’s educational programs and enrich the quality of life in our community by raising and managing funds. Annually, the Foundation works to build partnerships with individuals and corporations in order to benefit our students, teachers, and schools. We plant seeds in our district that bloom into amazing educational opportunities for our students! To learn more about our mission and how to give, visit: www.lex1EdFound.org.

About Kinetics by Windstream

Kinetic by Windstream is a business unit of Windstream Holdings, a privately held Fortune® 1000 communications and software company. Kinetic provides premium broadband, entertainment and security services through an enhanced fiber network to consumers and businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. The company also offers managed communications services, including SD-WAN and UCaaS, and high-capacity bandwidth and transport services to businesses across the U.S. Additional information is available at GoKinetic.com.


Pictured: Educational Foundation Executive Director Julie Anderson Washburn; Windstream’s Lexington, SC Manager Matthew Sizemore; Carolina Springs Middle School Teacher Matthew Helm; Carolina Springs Middle School Principal Dr. Brice Cockfield; and Kinetic by Windstream Assistant Manager of Retail Deborah Long

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