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Kennewick’s Bethlehem Lutheran School is one of 10 nationwide that are involved in a Shopko Foundation competition with a $5,000 grand prize.
The foundation started its first Tools for Teachers contest with a call on the Shopko Facebook page asking for teachers to give a quick sentence about why they would like $500.
Jackie Hulvey, an eighth-grade teacher at the private school, said the money would help her provide flexible seating for middle school students.
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“Big kids often get ignored or told to ‘figure it out’ when they struggle to focus,” she wrote. “I want to provide a classroom that is conducive to all learning styles.”
Hulvey’s submission was one of 10 randomly selected out of more than 300 to receive the $500 prize, said Michelle Hansen, the foundation’s manager.
“The Shopko Foundation recognizes teachers and the amount of out-of-pocket money they spend on classroom supplies every year, which is $500 on average,” Hansen said. “We want to give the public the opportunity to vote for the teacher who will recieve the grand prize of $5,000 to stock their entire school.”
Starting Thursday, people will be able to log onto Shopko’s Facebook page and cast a vote for one of the teachers. Voting lasts until Oct. 5.