ALPENA - Bingham Arts Academy is eligible to receive $50,000 through a Clorox grant competition, but the school is seeking community support to win. Robin Benson, head of school, said during a time when school budgets are shrinking nationwide, the Clorox company's "Power A Bright Future" grant program is stepping in the right direction. She said the grant program will be used to help fund new or ongoing programs that allow children to play, create and explore, which is why Bingham is a possible candidate.
"Teachers and parents give students the building blocks they need to learn to grow, but sometimes they can use a little outside help," Benson said. "After a competitive national nomination period, now it is time for our community to show its support. Help local Bingham Arts Academy win up to $50,000 by casting votes starting Nov. 12."
According to Benson, the grant would be used to expand Bingham's music education and visual arts programs. She said the public charter schools main goal is to provide students an environment that promotes creative expression and its connection to enhanced learning through music technology and media arts.
"By providing instruction, access to instruments, resource materials and program supervision, we will empower our educators to transform classrooms into musical and art filled environments that bring out the best in every student," she said.
Voting will begin Nov. 12 and run through Dec. 19, adults and children 13 and older can vote once a day for the local school at www.PowerABrightFuture.com. The program that receives the highest number of votes will be awarded the $50,000 grand prize grant.
"The next top vote-getters in the play, create and explore categories respectively will each be awarded a $25,000 grant," she said. "Clorox's judging panel will select three additional lucky schools, one in each category to win a $25,000 judge's choice grant."
According to Benson, Bingham is one of only seven schools eligible to win a grant, but winning the award is dependant on community support.
"You can help push our school to the top," she said. "Vote and help us make even more of a difference in our community, one student at a time."
Starting Nov. 12, cast your vote daily by texting pabf9083 to 95248 or by going to www.PowerABrightFuture.com and search in the location area "Alpena, MI." For more details and official rules visit www.PowerABrightFuture.com.
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