LANCASTER – Monte Vista Elementary has been selected from hundreds of nominations as a finalist in the “Colorful Classrooms Contest,” a nationwide search for one elementary school most in need of a complete makeover.
The winner will receive a colorful makeover with up to 200 gallons of Glidden® paint, and the company will supply labor to paint the inside or outside of the winning elementary school.
Monte Vista is one of five national finalists, and the only school on the west coast, competing in the contest for the most online public votes from now through October 26.
To help Monte Vista Elementary win the contest, simply click on the link below, and then cast your vote for Monte Vista Elementary.
You don’t have to give personal information, like your name or email address, and anyone with an Internet connection can vote. However, only one vote can be registered per Internet Protocol (IP) address. This means if there are three people in a household that go online and vote, only the first vote will count from that home computer, said Monte Vista school officials.
“The message we want to give to the community is: vote once at your work computer and then vote once at your home computer or iPad,” said Monte Vista teacher Julie Plaisance. “The next step is to forward the link to your family and friends so they can vote too.”
Monte Vista Elementary was chosen as a finalist in the Colorful Classrooms Contest after Plaisance submitted the nomination. (Read the one page profile with the information submitted here.)
“Our proposal talked about the fact that our exterior buildings are very faded and cracked and weathered,” Plaisance said. “We talked about the fact that we’re the closest elementary school to the newly remodeled boulevard in downtown Lancaster… but if you drive by our campus it doesn’t leave a good impression, because it’s so aging.”
“Monte Vista is a 60-year-old campus built for 500 students, but now serves over 840 children,” said Monte Vista’s Principal Samnang Yuom, in a news release. “Our buildings may be faded, cracked, and weathered, but we are a vibrant learning community.”
For three consecutive years, Monte Vista students have improved their test scores and perform at, or above, district averages, Plaisance said.
“We would like to believe that we’re the crown jewel of the district, we just don’t look like it right now,” Plaisance said.
A panel of judges selected the five finalists for the “Colorful Classrooms Contest” based on need, scope of project, potential impact on the student body, community engagement, and quality and creativity of entry.
The other finalists in the competition are: Franklin Elementary School in Kent, OH; Jefferson Elementary School in Gallup, NM; Saltillo Elementary School in Saltillo, MS; and The Orion School in Atlanta, GA.
Public voting runs from Monday, Oct. 8 through Oct. 26. Once you cast your vote, you’re able to see current voting results.
According to the online voting results (as of Monday, Oct. 8), Monte Vista Elementary School is currently at third place with just eight percent of the votes. Help Monte Vista become number one by voting online now.
To vote for Monte Vista Elementary right now, visit http://www.glidden.com/contest/vote.do.
The winner will be notified on October 29, and the painting project is expected to be complete by the end of the year.