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Taylor County Elementary School has been recognized as a finalist in the inaugural Good Deeds for Schools grant program, sponsored by Goody's Family Clothing.
The newly created program is designed to help local schools pay for the materials they really need but cannot afford through regular education funding.
Taylor County Elementary School's grant proposal requested playground equipment and was selected by a panel of judges who work at the local Goody's store. The school's proposal is now in the final round of judging at the Goody's corporate headquarters, vying for one of 50 $10,000 grants the company will award in April.
In appreciation for its efforts, the school will receive volunteer hours from its local Goody's store management.
More than a thousand applications were received from schools in 20 states requesting assistance for projects integral to enhancing students' educational experience. Appeals focused on needs such as playgrounds, technology equipment including computers and interactive tools, and updated textbooks and library books.
"Every need in our schools is so worthwhile. Goody's is thrilled to have the opportunity to lend a hand through the advent of this new school grant program," said Mary Beth Fox, Goody's vice president of marketing, strategy and planning.
"In reviewing the grant entries, it's been inspiring to learn about these schools, their children and their dreams."
To apply for consideration for the coming school year, teachers or school principals can obtain a grant application after April 15 from their local Goody's store or online at www.goodysgooddeeds.com.
Completed applications must be signed by a school principal and submitted to a Goody's location by Nov. 1. A complete list of 2007-2008 winners can also be found on the site.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate their school's need and a plan for fulfilling that need, as well as make a clear, concise argument as to why their classroom, project or school is the most deserving. Schools are also encouraged to flex their creativity and imagination when developing their entries for consideration, and to involve the entire student body in the process.
For more information on Goody's Good Deeds for Schools, call (877) 784-3030 or visit www.goodysgooddeeds.com.