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Posted November 8, 2012

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Grant MS Asks for Public Votes to Help Earn $50,000

Grant is among schools nationwide vying for votes to win the top prize in the Power A Bright Future contest sponsored by Clorox.

Grant Middle Schools is in the running for a $50,000 grant from the Clorox Company. The winner will be the school that gets the most votes from Nov. 12-Dec. 19. To vote, go to www.PowerABrightFuture.com and search for Albuquerque or Grant Middle School.

Kathy Melendez -- who teaches science, technology, engineering and math at Grant -- entered the contest on behalf of her school. After a competitive national nomination period, Grant was selected as a nominee. Now, Ms. Melendez, her students and the staff at Grant are encouraging the APS community to vote once a day in support of their school.

Grant, a multicultural Title I school, would use the money to improve the educational opportunities of students, with particular emphasis on encouraging girls and the at-risk population to prepare for careers in the sciences.

Currently, the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) classes at Grant are housed in a portable classroom, which has several educational modules in engineering, design and energy that came from educational labs around the city that closed. However, in order to be able to use these modules, updated software and computers need to be purchased.

Melendez currently provides her students with smaller hands-on projects. She has also provided the opportunity for students to participate at Kirtland Air Force Base in STEM projects, including rocketry and robotics. However, the school and district don't have money for students to go on field trips, so the students complete fundraising activities in order to travel to the base and launch sites as well as robotics competitions.

Adults and children 13 and older can vote once a day for Grant to receive the money. Neighbors, friends and family can also vote for their favorite school right from their phones via text message (message and data rates may apply). More information is available at www.PowerABrightFuture.com.

According to the Clorox Company, "Teachers and parents give students the building blocks they need to learn and grow, but sometimes they can use a little outside help. As school budgets nationwide continue to shrink, The Clorox Company’s Power A Bright Future grant program steps in to help fund new or ongoing programs that allow children to play, create and explore."

The program that receives the highest number of votes will be awarded the $50,000 grand-prize grant, and the next top vote-getters in the Play, Create and Explore categories respectively will each be awarded a $25,000 grant. Clorox’s judging panel will select three additional lucky schools, one in each category, to win a $25,000 judge’s choice grant. 

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