Local teacher in the running for technology grant

Friday, March 9, 2012

The more people vote, the better chance a local school has of winning a $25,000 technology grant.

Sara Sheehan, who teaches 4th grade at Oak Grove Elementary School, has been named as one of the top 25 finalists in the "Technology in Education" grant giveaway program.

Worth Ave. Group, a full service electronics device insurance provider (www.worthavegroup.com) will give the winning schools and teachers more than $150,000 in grant money and prizes. The communities of the finalists are encouraged to rally behind the nominated teachers. Nominations end at 11:59 p.m. March 31. Teachers may receive one vote per day per e-mail address. Grants will be awarded based on the number of votes submitted for the school and the teacher at the school.

The Grand Prize winning school will receive a $25,000 technology grant and the "Best Teacher in America" will receive an iPad 2 in addition to 30 iPod Touch devices for their classroom. As runner-ups, five schools will be awarded $1,000 grants and an iPad2. To encourage voting, Worth Ave. Group will give an iPad 2 to five random voters and to each individual who referred them. The first 5,000 voters will also receive Worth Ave. Group's WorthTrack(r) laptop tracking software - valued at $29.95 each.

"Worth Ave. Group is a strong example of what it means to consistently support the use of technology to enhance the overall educational experience in the classroom for teachers and their students. We're proud to support this initiative and will be very excited to announce the winners," said Aaron Cooper, Worth Ave. Group marketing director.

For program details and to determine eligibility, please visit http://www.voteforteachers@worthavegroup.com or call 1-855-834-7660 Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT.