Tudor Elementary earns $60K for winning education contest
An Anchorage school has doubled down on its regional win in a nationwide education contest, earning an additional $30,000 in books and other supplies from the event's sponsor.
It's often said that the library is the heart of a school, and at Tudor Elementary School it’s where a small group of students meet every week to spread some love.
“We're collecting books for our book drive,” said fourth-grader Brooklynn Laseter.
The books collected are checked, sorted and sent off to smaller schools in other countries -- a project which is just one way librarian Michelle Carton teaches her students to think outside Alaska.
“I feel like our isolation and lack of exposure for kids to know about the rest of the world has really limited how successful out students can be," Carton said. "Because what they don't know is out there, they won’t know they want.”
Carton is behind an innovative program encouraging students to become global citizens and to really think about how they impact the world as a whole.
“We connect with astronauts, we connect with global authors, and we connect with people all over the world to let our students know what's out there in the rest of the world,” Carton said.
Her work is being rewarded by the Follett Corp., which specialized in educational tools. Tudor Elementary is this year's Follett Challenge winner.
The title comes with a $60,000 grant -- but like the books from its book drive, the school won’t be keeping the money all to itself.
Tudor Elementary plans to share, creating a positive impact on the world students are learning to love.
The school will also spend a portion of its winnings on new books and video production equipment to create educational content to share online.
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