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ORAU awards $10,000 to Oakdale School in 2012 Extreme Classroom Makeover competition

ORAU awarded Extreme Classroom Makeover competition runner-up, Paige Byrd, a $10,000 grant during a surprise classroom announcement

May 11, 2012

Oakdale School students celebrate with winning teacher Paige Byrd

Extreme Classroom Makeover runner-up Mrs. Byrd celebrates with the Oakdale School students who helped her create the winning video entry. As a runner-up in the local competition, Mrs. Byrd received a $10,000 grant to outfit her classroom with the latest educational technology.

OAKDALE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities awarded Extreme Classroom Makeover competition runner-up, Paige Byrd, a $10,000 grant today during a surprise classroom announcement. Byrd, a fifth grade teacher at Oakdale School in Morgan County, will use the grant money to purchase technology to outfit her classroom.

Contestants entering ORAU’s competition are required to meet specific criteria. They must teach math or science for 5th-8th 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.

For years, ORAU’s university consortium and its strong partnerships with the U.S. Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uniquely positioned the company as a strong ally in promoting science education.

Last week, ORAU announced Heather Burkhart of Pigeon Forge Middle School as the 2012 Extreme Classroom Makeover grand-prize winner. Burkhart 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 at

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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