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Middle School Wins Big Prize

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December 10, 2011 by wcobserver

By Jeff Winkler

WEST FORK – The middle school is experiencing a monetary windfall. On Thursday, students will meet in an assembly to accept a $25,000 check from the Windstream Schools WIN Classroom Connections program.

The middle school was one of eight nationally to be picked for the prize. Students of the STAR Club and EAST program submitted videos showing the community service work they’ve been doing.

“The STAR Club submitted a video on how they cleaned up riverside Park and their huge recycling program here at school,” said Middle School EAST Coordinator Ashley Fulmer. “And EAST submitted a video on how they went to the Tommy House in West Fork and helped [clean up the property].”

Several hundred schools participated in the company’s original video campaign with West Fork Middle School being named one of 30 finalists. After that, it was just a matter of open-voting online to pick the eight winners.

“You could vote as many times as you wanted,” Ms. Fulmer said. “So we voted lots, lots, lots.”

According to the Windstream program, the $25,000 “will be used for technology upgrades in the school” and Ms. Fulmer said a committee will meet next Wednesday to discuss how the school wants to get started on spending the money.

One West Fork Middle School student, however, doesn’t need to discuss anything. Dalton Hays, 13, who helped edit the EAST’s video submission, knew exactly what he wanted to bring into the school.

“iPads,” he said.

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