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Templeton seeks support for literacy project

Templeton Middle School is looking for community support for its entry in a national education contest that could land it between $8,000 to $60,000 in education products and services.TMS-Rock-the-Vote-Folett

Templeton teachers Mary Caucutt and Ashley Pfiefer submitted a Follett Challenge application to support its Intergenerational Literacy Program in which senior citizens join Templeton students to read and discuss books. The teachers created and submitted a short video describing the program that encourages device-free, face-to-face communication and creates intergenerational connections. Participants discuss assigned books — adding their own life experiences and perspectives to the discussion.

Follett Challenge judges will choose programs that best illustrate critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students and others.

A total of $200,000 in Follett products and services will be given out including a $60,000 grand prize and three $30,000 semi-finalist awards.

In addition, 10 People’s Choice awards valued at $8,000 will be based solely on how many votes applicants have received for their videos. Templeton’s video is posted on the Follett Challenge website and can be found at

Video voting begins Jan. 21 and ends Jan. 25. Users can cast one vote per day. Not only are the public’s votes significant in the video-voting portion of the contest, but they also will play a role in the overall rubric as 20 percent of each school’s final score is based on the number of votes generated for its video. Winners will be announced Feb. 27.