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January 25, 2011 > Letter to the editor: We need your votes

Letter to the editor: We need your votes

My classroom and school are competing for a $5,000 grant to win a classroom makeover sponsored by Great American Financial Resources. Inc., at www.gaclassroommakover.com. To win, we need to receive the most votes via the Internet, by January 31.

The grant would pay for backpack hooks for the entire school. Currently, we have about 840 students at Warm Springs Elementary. The classrooms are so crowded that there is not enough room for backpacks to be kept without tripping over them; also there's no place to store lunches. Therefore, many classes keep the backpacks and lunches outside (preferably, lunches are inside the backpacks).

Backpacks are exposed to the elements and also cause a tripping hazard, especially rolling packs with pull handles. Plus, the crows know that the backpacks contain lunches have been seen unzipping packs to get at the food. Daily, we see crows outside our classrooms searching for food, usually successful at getting what they want!

My hope is to fund hooks so that backpacks can be neatly stored above ground, avoiding a tripping hazard and deterring the crows from getting into students' lunches. Also, if possible, the school would like to get a storage shelf or cabinet built to store the lunches.

I am asking our community to visit The Great American Financial Resources web site at www.gaclassroommakeover.com and vote for Warm Springs Elementary. Vote once a day, every day through January 31. Thank you for your support.


Ruth Lemmon, 4th grade teacher
Warm Springs Elementary School, Fremont

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