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ORAU awards $5,000 to two local schools in 2013 Extreme Classroom Makeover competition

Lake City Middle School and Coalfield School named runners-up in surprise classroom announcements

March 21, 2013

Lake City Middle School students celebrate Extreme Classroom Makeover runner-up prize

Coalfield School students celebrate Extreme Classroom Makeover runner-up prize

Extreme Classroom Makeover runners-up, Lake city Middle School (top) and Coalfield School (bottom), celebrate as they each received a $5,000 grant to outfit their classrooms with the latest educational technology. Click on images to enlarge images

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 2013 Extreme Classroom Makeover competition.

Courtney Batchelor, an eighth-grade teacher at Lake City Middle School in Anderson County and Kristan Headrick, a sixth-grade teacher at Coalfield School in Morgan 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 Karla Fultz of A. L. Lotts Elementary School as the 2013 Extreme Classroom Makeover grand-prize winner. Fultz received a $25,000 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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