Donald Elementary seeks community support in education contest

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Donald Elementary in Flower Mound has entered a $200,000 national education contest hoping for a chance at one of the 13 prizes that will be awarded to recognize the most unique and inventive K-12 programs.

In addition to completing an online application for the annual Follett Challenge, Donald also submitted a short video to promote its program that teaches students the 21st-century skills they need to be prepared for life.

Ten of the prizes, valued at $8,000 each, to be given away are from the People’s Choice category and will solely be based on how many votes applicants have received for their videos from the public. Video voting begins January 23, 2017. Donald’s video is now posted on the Follett Challenge website here.

After registering, users can cast one vote per day through January 27 when voting ends.

“We hope our community will support us by viewing our video and voting for our submission,” said Michele Emmett – Gifted and Talented teacher at Donald. “Participating in the Follett Challenge recognizes our educators for the great job they are doing with the limited resources they have and, should we win, reward them with resources to do more. It also will give our educators here a platform to share their innovation with other schools across the country and throughout the world.”

The overall winner will earn a $60,000 prize, plus a celebration at the school, while each of the other two semifinalists will earn $30,000 prizes. The 10 People’s Choice awards are worth $8,000 each in products and services and will be announced February 28, along with the semifinalists. This year’s Follett Challenge will honor semifinalist winners in three categories: elementary, middle and high school.

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