Oakwood Junior High seeking votes for maker-space program

Oakwood Junior High seeking votes for maker-space program

OAKWOOD — The public can help Oakwood Junior High School enhance its maker-space program though an online voting contest.

The school entered the annual Follett Challenge in the hope of winning at least one of the 13 prizes, totaling $200,000, recognizing the most unique and inventive K-12 programs.

The overall winner will earn a $60,000 prize, plus a school celebration, and two other semi-finalists will each win $30,000 prizes.

Ten of the prizes, valued at $8,000 each, that will be awarded are from the People's Choice category and will solely be based on how many votes applicants have received based on their videos. Video voting began Monday.

The school's video about the maker-space program is posted on the Follett Challenge website at https://www.follettchallenge.com/video.cfm?id=1106.

After registering, users can cast one vote per day through Friday, when voting ends. The public's votes are not only significant in the video-voting portion of the contest; they also make up 25 percent of school's final score.

"We hope our community will support us," said Michelle Kimbro, Oakwood's curriculum director. She said participating in the 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 prize would allow the school to enhance science-, technology-, engineering-, art- and math-based opportunities done through the maker-space program, said school librarian LuAnn Grimm, who oversees it.

The People's Choice winners and semi-finalists will be announced Feb. 28 and the grand-prize winner will be announced April 27.

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