Teachers and students from Lowell Scott Middle School need your vote to win a $100,000 grant. Last year, Paula Brockman, an English and geology teacher, won a $2,500 grant through Farmers Insurance to improve her classroom – adding tables, bean bags and yoga balls. In addition to winning the grant, Brockman qualified for the Dream Big Teacher Challenge. Teachers across the country submitted proposals to tell Farmer Insurance what they would do with a $100,000 grant. Farmers selected 15 finalists, including Brockman.
“I was excited when I found out our school was a finalist,” Brockman said.”If we get this grant, it will be a game-changer for our students.”
If Brockman wins the $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge grant, she and her colleagues would use the money to build an outdoor learning center that will feature a greenhouse and extended garden area, a fish farm station, a circular seating area for group lessons and other creative spaces.
“The outdoor classroom will help us reach into a new space of thinking,” Brockman said. “This will pull the students abilities they don’t use in the classroom. We would have several new areas that teachers would go to as a source to create great activities for learning.”
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 a phenomenal opportunity,” said Linda Ventura, the principal at Lowell Scott Middle School. “This is a great way to support education in a quick and easy way – if you have a Facebook, it’s a simple vote.”
This is where you come in
Here is how you can vote for Brockman’s proposal:
2. Make sure you are logged into your Facebook account.
3. Confirm your age and submit your vote.
You can vote daily until October 31.