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Posted October 13, 2015

Vote to Help Kids with Disabilities Move More

Daily votes in October for adapted PE teacher Doris Merzweiler could mean $100,000 for special needs students across APS.

Photo courtesy Channel 4

Doris Merzweiler isn't too proud to beg -- at least not for votes that could help special needs students across the district get daily exercise. 

Go here to voteInstructions on how to vote:

  1. Login to Facebook
  2. Choose the proposal
  3. Confirm your age and submit your vote

You can vote daily in October. 

Merzweiler, an adapted PE teacher at Hayes Middle School, is one of 15 finalist in the 2015 Farmers Dream Big Challenge. If she wins the $100,000 prize, she plans to buy interactive video games for 217 special education classrooms that will get students moving.

The Xbox 360 Kinect technology allows students to practice skills in many sports such as tennis, baseball, basketball, soccer, aerobics, dance, yoga and more.

But Merzweiler needs the public's support. More specifically, she needs your vote.

Go here to vote

Farmers selected 15 finalists from proposals submitted by teachers all across the country. Of the five finalists from each zone – Western, Central, Eastern – the top two vote getters per zone will each receive a $100,000 grant.

Supporters can vote once a day every day during October. You must have a Facebook account to vote. Winners will be announced in December.

Watch this video to learn more about the adapted PE classes in Albuquerque Public Schools and Merzweiler's proposal to improve education for special needs students.

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