Beck is the only school representing Nevada in the contest. The winning school will receive a $100,000 grant to supplement the current budget, with the runner-up earning $50,000. Five elementary schools are in the running chosen through an online rating process from 2,479 schools. To win the grants, supporters must sign in to www.ourschoolneeds.discoverbing.com and vote through Sunday. The school with the top number of votes will receive the funds for this school year.
After submitting a video describing how the school would use the money, Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, launched a Web page where individuals registered to rate the various submissions. Jessie Beck qualified with a 3.4 rating of 5 possible and consistently ranked at the top for the most rated entry each day of the first round voting. Parents, faculty and students are urging friends, family and the community to register on the Bing site and vote for Jessie Beck one time every day from now through Sunday. Individuals with more than one e-mail address or a Facebook or LinkedIn account can use each to vote every day.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our school and our district to receive a Bing grant,” Jesse Beck principal Muriel Dickey said. “First on our list would be the purchase of new technology for our classrooms. We need everyone’s help.”
Additionally, Jessie Beck staff would use the grant monies to replenish its library with books, purchase audio visual equipment and copy machines, revitalize its music and art program and hire a physical education specialist to help combat childhood obesity.
Located on the corner of Plumb Lane and Sharon Way in Reno, Jessie Beck Elementary School has a student population of 570.
For more information about the BING program, contact Faith Osgard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 842-5448, or Trina Olsen at email@example.com or 233-9347.