ValuNet Fiber Awards $2,500 to Village Elementary School for STEM Education 

April 16, 2024 – Emporia, Kan. – ValuNet Fiber announced Village Elementary School is the winner of its sixth annual “Dream Bigger” social media campaign, which awards $2,500 to a school or organization providing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to K-12 students.

The school will utilize the funds to create an outdoor butterfly garden that will double as a classroom for hands-on math, science and environmental projects.

“We couldn’t be more appreciative of the opportunity that ValuNet provided through the Dream Bigger contest,” said Chelsea Evans, Village Elementary Technology Coach. “This funding will contribute to a project that will become a staple of our school and provide a unique, hands-on and engaging learning experience for our students for many years to come. This contest brought our students, staff and families together in a way that we could not have anticipated. Thank you, ValuNet, for providing a platform for thinking outside the box and showing our students how you can Dream Bigger!”

This year, nearly 100 schools and organizations submitted entries outlining how the award would be used to fund their STEM projects, and how the projects benefit students. The winner was determined by public voting and announced on ValuNet’s Facebook page. 

“We are pleased to help fund these innovative and exciting STEM-based initiatives and enhance the learning opportunities of students in our communities,” said Trish Niemann, Vice President of Communications Strategy. “STEM education helps students develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed for their future academic and career success.”

Since 2019, ValuNet and the associated Cable One family of brands have awarded nearly $150,000 through the Dream Bigger initiative.


About ValuNet Fiber  
ValuNet Fiber is a leading broadband communications provider and part of the Cable One family of brands, which serves more than 1 million residential and business customers across 24 states. ValuNet provides Emporia, Kansas consumers with a wide array of connectivity and entertainment services, including all-fiber high-speed internet and advanced WiFi solutions, cable television and phone service.  


Michelle Portillo
Director, Corporate Communications 


Jamie O’Driscoll
Communications Manager