St. Alexander School Eyes Prize in Clorox Grant Competition
The Catholic elementary school is holding a pep rally Friday to pump up the school. They're competing for grant money against schools across the country.
Students, staff and teachers at St. Alexander are gathering together today for a schoolwide pep rally.
But the Catholic elementary school in Palos Heights isn't "pepping" up for a test of athletics or to rally behind a sports team. The school is competing against about 2,500 other schools for up to $50,000 in grant money from Power A Bright Future, sponsored by Clorox.
Currently, St. Alexander is in 16th place and the school working hard to climb the ranks. Less three weeks are left in the competition. Voting closes Dec. 19.
Click here to vote for St. Alexander School on its Power A Bright Future page. (Registration required)
You also can vote for St. Al's via by texting 268pbf to the number 95248.
Seven grants in total will be awarded. The top vote getter receives a $50,000 grant. The schools who get the most votes in each of three categories will earn a $25,000 grant. Then, Clorox will examine all nominated schools and pick one from each category to get a $25,000 grant based on merit.
New funding would allow St. Alexander to replace all of the workstations and software in the Applied Technology Laboratory. The server for the lab failed in the fall and the school had to use other budgeted money. If least one grant is won, the money would give students a faster computer system and upgraded software to work with.
St. Alexander includes pre-school through 8th grade and has about 310 students enrolled. It's projected to grow about 2 percent a year over the next five years. Technology is a key part of the school's learning strategy. A Mac-based computer lab is used by the majority of students weekly for different projects. Students in 7th and 8th grades also weekly classes in the Applied Technology Laboratory.
Visit St. Alexander School's website to see contest information and to see what the students are learning.
Want more info about St. Alexander?