Orem Elementary Needs Votes to Win $50,000 Grant from Clorox

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The school plans to use the money to fill their empty computer lab with new computers if they win.

Orem Elementary needs votes to win the Clorox competition to receive a $50,000 grant for new computers.

Orem Elementary's Empty Computer Lab

“We need more votes by the thousands to win,” said Cathy Ambrose, Orem Elementary’s PTA Secretary. “The school is doing everything they can to get more votes by Dec. 9, but we need more support and votes from Utahns to win.”

Orem Elementary, located at 450 W. 400 S., Orem, Utah, can win a $50,000 grant for new computers if they acquire more text and online votes to move them from 5th place to 1st by December 9.

The school is currently in 5th place in the “Explore” category in the Clorox competition. They are ranked 15th overall out of 1,622 schools in the nation. They are also the only Utah school ranked in the top 100.

“We need more votes by the thousands to win,” said Cathy Ambrose, Orem Elementary’s PTA Secretary. “The school is doing everything they can to get more votes by Dec. 9, but we need more support and votes from Utahns to win.”

Supporters can vote by texting clorox4488 to 44144 or visiting http://powerabrightfuture.com, location search: Orem, Utah. Each person can vote twice a day; by text and online. There are no hidden fees or spam marketing by Clorox. Voting can be done daily, before 10pm Mountain Time (12am Eastern).

A concerned parent nominated Orem Elementary in September when she realized the school would have a hard time complying with Utah's new mandate, which requires all year-end testing to be completed online. To meet compliance, Orem will have to shut down their Computer Education classes to allow testers access to the only machines the school has.

The existing Computer Education classroom has to facilitate the approximate student body of 700. During class time, it is not unusual to have three students sharing one computer. Yet down the hall another classroom that has a complete infrastructure needed to teach computers sits empty because the only thing that is missing are the actual computers.

Orem Elementary misses the requirement to receive Title I funding by a small percentage. This means they do not receive government grant money to buy necessities such as computers and Elmo Boards. As a result, "poor" schools are given the funding to have state of the art equipment, while it remains up to Orem Elementary to raise the necessary money on their own. This has been considerably difficult during the bad economy. Taking matters into their own hands, Orem Elementary is pursuing the Power a Bright Future grant competition.

Since voting began on 24 October, OES has made incredible progress due to hard work and persistence of parents, students, faculty and friends. The OES community has united together working with other schools, universities and local businesses. They have been promoting the contest by word of mouth, fliers, lettering on cars, marquees, and social media. Despite their best efforts, they are in need of a lot more votes to become a winning school.

Visit: http://powerabrightfuture.com to learn more about the Clorox grant.

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