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Riverside Elementary wins national contest for new computer lab

By Erik Loney, KXLY4 Reporter , erikl@kxly.com
Published On: Feb 26 2013 02:30:40 AM CST
ELK, Wash. -

Riverside Elementary School is celebrating after winning a $10 thousand classroom makeover.

Fifth grade teacher Mindy Shaw was shaking when she got the call she had been waiting more than a month for. It was from the Great American Classroom Makeover, letting her know she had won $10 thousand to redo the school’s computer lab.

“I’ve been here fourteen years, and it’s been here the entire time,” Shaw said. “A lot of the times it will take 20 minutes for a computer to boot up, so we have signs like ‘no internet,’ ‘will not boot up,’ or ‘doesn’t work.’”

 But instead of complaining about a pile of broken parts, Shaw did something about it. She entered into a national contest for a classroom makeover.

 Five-hundred and fifty schools applied. Riverside made the top ten, but an online vote decided the winner. Shaw called everyone, even the governor, to vote for Riverside.

 "I think you need to show children just because something is out there and you can’t have a shot at it, it doesn’t hurt to try,” she said.

 Riverside received more than 29-thousand votes, and win by a landslide. Shaw got the call Monday morning with the good news.

 “I put my head on the desk and just cried and the kids cheered. It will be a really cool moment. I will never forget it,” Shaw said.

 “We are just amazed,” said school principal Lynn Rowse. “Who would think our little school in Elk, Washington would beat out ten other schools nationally and win a prize like this.”

 Officials with the Great American Classroom Makeover will be here next month to present Mindy with a big check for $10 thousand.

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