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East Hall Middle needs community votes for $200,000 contest
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The school entered the Follett Challenge, a program that rewards schools for their efforts to use creativity and technology in the classroom.

The contest includes a “People’s Choice” category, based solely on votes from the public. Schools entered an application and video explaining how they use technology to advance student education and increase student engagement. The community can vote for the video of their choice daily through Jan. 30 at

The public votes can help schools win one of 10 prizes, all valued at $8,000 each. Votes also count as 20 percent of the school’s final score for a grand prize of $60,000 and a school party. Semifinalists will earn a $30,000 prize.

East Hall Middle is the only Hall County school and one of only three Georgia schools to participate in the national challenge. Judges will look at applicants who demonstrate critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students, teachers and staff.

Jennifer Parker, media specialist at East Hall Middle, said she hopes the Hall County community will support the school and the students.

“Participating in the Follett Challenge recognizes our educators for the great job they are doing with the resources they have and, should we win, rewards them with resources to do more,” Parker said. “It also will give our educators here a platform to share their innovation with other schools across the country and throughout the world.”

To vote for East Hall, go to

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