YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Wood Ridge Junior/Senior High School is one of 10 national semi-finalists for a $48,000 “Team Up for Technology” grant through the Jimmy Johnson Foundation, established by the successful NASCAR driver.
By making it to the semis, the school won a $250 digital camera and a $1,200 laptop, both manufactured by contest co-sponsor Samsung.
The school also is in the running for a grand prize of $13,700 worth of Samsung merchandise and a check to buy $34,300 worth of other equipment listed in its grant application.
Students will vie for the top honor by using the new equipment from the JFF to produce a video entry.
“We are beaming with pride and extremely honored to have our junior/senior high school chosen as a top 10 national semi-finalist,” said Cheri Ottevaere, president of the Wood Ridge Public Education Foundation (WRPEF). “We are hopeful that the JJF represents the first of many open doors to many more opportunities for our kids.”
Ottevaere singled out WRPEF Vice-President Richard Fallon, who applied for the grant.
Fallon “has done some amazing things in our community,” she said, “but his work with the foundation takes us to a new level.
He, in turn, thanked those who’ve made the non-profit WRPEF – made up of parents and community members — a robust fundraising organization in less than a year’s time ( MORE INFO: www.wrpef.org ).
“These days, with all the budget cuts and caps to limit funding for education, our kids need us more than ever,” Fallon said.
The Jimmy Johnson Foundation partnered with Lowe’s and Samsung to offer the grand-prize technology makeover and finalist prizes.
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