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Help local school programs win grants, cast votes this week

By Joanne Irons
Special to The SUN

Teachers and parents give students the building blocks they need to learn and grow, but sometimes they can use a little outside help.

As school budgets nationwide continue to shrink, the Clorox Company’s Power A Bright Future grant program steps in to help fund new or ongoing programs that allow children to play, create and explore.

After a competitive national nomination period, it is time for our community to show its support. Help Pagosa Springs Destination Imagination program or the Pagosa Springs High School Check and Connect program win up to $50,000 by casting votes until Dec. 19.

Adults and children 13 and older can visit www.PowerABrightFuture.com to vote once a day for the program they believe is most deserving of a grant. Neighbors, friends and family can also vote for their favorite school from their phones via text message (message and data rates may apply). When you access the website, plug in Pagosa Springs, CO, then choose either program.

The program that receives the highest number of votes will be awarded the $50,000 grand prize grant, and the next top vote-getters in the Play, Create and Explore categories respectively will each be awarded a $25,000 grant.

Clorox’s judging panel will select three additional lucky schools, one in each category, to win a $25,000 judge’s choice grant.

You can only vote for one of the nominated grants every 24 hours.

You can also text to 95248 and message either 1823 pbf for the Destination Imagination nomination or 1818 pbf for the high school every day.

Please take the time to get everyone to vote. There is one week left to make this happen. What a great way to expand our programs with $25,000.

Visit the website and see the details on the two grants that Pagosa Springs has submitted.

If you need information, call Joanne Irons at 946-7545.

This story was posted on December 13, 2012.