Riverside teacher celebrates $10,000 classroom makeover

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 4:13 PM

CHATTAROY, Wash. --  It wasn't even close. 

Riverside Elementary beat out nine other schools from cities like Detroit, Austin and Wilmington, DE to win the Great American Classroom Makeover, an online voting contest whose winner gets $10,000.

With old computers that didn't boot up at all, were slow when they did, and broken chairs in the tech lab, teacher Mindy Shaw entered her class for the contest.  She told KREM.com Monday not only did they win, they were ahead the whole time and won by a "landslide".

Ten finalists competed for the most online votes in the national contest.  KREM and other media outlets publicized Riverside.

Shaw said representatives from Great American Financial Resources, Inc. will be out in late March or early April to month to present the check.  They're still talking about how best to spend the money, but Shaw says one possibility is new iPads

“As teachers we are constantly asked to do more with less and we do so constantly with smiles pasted on because we love our kids and live to teach,” said Shaw.

The technology lab contains 30 computers. However Shaw said only half of the computers work consistently and some of the chairs are broken.

Riverside Elementary School was the only Washington school in the contest.

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