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 http://follettchallenge.com/videos/1203.

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.