LEADORE — Teachers and students from Leadore High School need your vote to win a $100,000 grant. Kevin Ramsey, a history, government, Spanish and technology coordinator at Leadore High School, is a finalist in the Dream Big Teacher Challenge.
Teachers across the country submitted proposals to tell Farmers Insurance what they would do with a $100,000 grant. Ramsey is one of 15 finalists.
Ramsey is proposing Project STRIVE (Students Training Researching and Innovating through Vocational Education). If Ramsey wins the $100,000 grant, he plans to get the high school agricultural shop renovated.
“Because of declining student attendance, the agricultural program was disbanded,” Ramsey said. “Our shop has been dissected with state-purchased machinery redistributed to other schools to reinforce their programs. As a result, our students lost the opportunity to work with their hands.”
As part of the proposal, Ramsey plans to work with the Lemhi Valley community to build a greenhouse that is climate controlled. The greenhouse will be used by elementary and high school students to study horticulture.
The proposal also includes an 18-station fitness course that will be in front of the school.
“I have always had a dream to build a program that would offer students the ability to incorporate knowledge from their core classes into student-led kinetic projects,” Ramsey said.
Up to six $100,000 grants will be announced in December to the proposals with the highest vote count per three geographical zones.
THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN
Here is how you can vote for Ramsey’s proposal:
You can vote daily until October 31.