Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg IA is one of 10 finalist schools hoping to win the nation's vote for a $25,000 prize in a contest sponsored by a manufacturing corporation.
Parkersburg, a tiny farming community, will need lots of friends around the country to vote for them. You can vote once a day from your email address until October 19 at www.henkelhelps.com.
This entry got them into the finals:
High Schoolers will be attending the Middle School in Aplington making cramped quarters this school year, but everyone is determined to make it work. The construction of a new school will begin soon with the goal of being in it by the start of the 2009-2010 school year. $25000 could be used in so many areas, new textbooks are needed, desks, computers, classroom equipment, sound equipment for the auditorium, the list goes on and on as so much was lost or damaged. The students have stepped up to help with cleanup in the community as well as helping to get the other school buildings rearranged to house more students. It would be a wonderful reward for them to receive a grant such as this.
So many of the students lost their own homes yet they want to continue helping others. My own children lost their granparents to the storm, and they would like to make a contribution to the school in their honor. The students will face many emotional challenges this year in addition to the academic challenges of high school.
Any contibution lets them know people care for them and want them to succeed and show that "Falcons Rise Again!"