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ORAU awards $5,000 to two local schools in 2014 Extreme Classroom Makeover competition

LaFollette Middle School and Linden Elementary School named runners-up in surprise classroom announcements

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April 17, 2014
FY14-30

LaFollette Middle School received a $5,000 grant to outfit their classroom with the latest educational technology.

Extreme Classroom Makeover runners-up, LaFollette Middle School (above) and Linden Elementary School (below), celebrate as they each receive a $5,000 grant to outfit their classrooms with the latest educational technology.

Linden Elementary School received a $5,000 grant to outfit their classroom with the latest educational technology.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Students at two local schools spent the past month patiently awaiting a potential classroom-altering announcement and on Thursday their patience was rewarded. ORAU made surprise classroom announcements and presented each a $5,000 grant as runners-up in the 2014 Extreme Classroom Makeover competition.

Tiffany Bruce, a science teacher at LaFollette Middle School in Campbell County and Lisa Buckner, a third-grade teacher at Linden Elementary School in Anderson County, will use the grants to purchase technology to outfit their classrooms.

Contestants entering ORAU’s competition must teach math or science for third through eleventh grade and work for a public school located within 50 miles of Oak Ridge. Additionally, a teacher must submit a short video illustrating the classroom’s need and explain how the new technologies would be used to energize and enhance learning.

Earlier this week, ORAU announced Susan Silvey of Lake City Middle School as the 2014 Extreme Classroom Makeover grand-prize winner. Silvey received a $30,000 grant to use toward the purchase of technology for her classroom.

View the winning videos for the Extreme Classroom Makeover competition.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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