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Shawnee school needs your vote for $100,000

St. Joseph School in Shawnee is in the running for $100,000 from Farmers Insurance Dream Big Contest. Voting continues until Oct. 31. You can vote online once a day.

St. Joseph School in Shawnee is in the running for $100,000 from Farmers Insurance Dream Big Contest. Voting continues until Oct. 31. You can vote online once a day.

SHAWNEE — This summer, Kansas City Royals fans made news when eight Royals were the leading vote-getters at one point to start Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. In the end, four Royals were named starters, and Mike Moustakas won the fans’ vote as the last man in.

St. Joseph School in Shawnee could use that kind of support right now as it is one of 15 finalists for Farmers Insurance $100,000 Dream Big Contest. Winners will be determined by online voting through the end of October.

From February to July 2015, teachers across the country were invited to submit proposals to tell Farmers what they would do with a $100,000 grant. Farmers selected 15 finalists from submissions from teachers all across the country. Of the five finalists from each zone — western, central, eastern — the top two votegetters per zone will each receive a $100,000 grant.

St. Joseph is one of five schools in the central zone, and the only Catholic school to make the cut. Lisa Fox, a kindergarten teacher at St. Joseph submitted the school’s proposal which was called “Coding — Collaborative Opportunities for Differentiated Inquiry to Navigate the Globe.”

If Fox were to win the $100,000 Dream Big grant, she would use the money to purchase computers to integrate coding into St. Joseph’s curriculum, helping reduce barriers to technology for its students and teachers.

In a short video on the Farmers Insurance site, Fox talks about her proposal, explaining her reasons for submitting it, how she envisions the money being used and the benefits it holds for the children.

To vote for St. Joseph, go to the website at: www.thankamericasteachers.com, click on “vote for a proposal” and then click on “vote for a $100,000 proposal.” From there, you will see the list of proposals as well as instructions on how to vote.

You must have a Facebook account to vote. You can vote once a day.

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