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Davis residents can help Willett win tech grant

Willett Elementary School students are learning on computers that are more than a decade old. School officials and parents hope to rectify that by winning a $50,000 grant from the Clorox company to revamp the school's technology department. Online voting continues through midnight Dec. 19. Courtesy photo

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From page A7 | November 30, 2012 |

The Davis community has come together to help Willett Elementary School try to win a $50,000 grant from the Clorox company to revamp the school’s technology department.

Local real estate agent Jamie Madison has teamed up with iSeeDavis.com, giving residents a push to go online and vote for Willett. Madison, a former graduate of the school, is sponsoring the campaign. iSeeDavis is producing a four-part video series investigating Willett’s computer lab that has a tiny bandwith and computers that are more than a decade old.

“It’s like a movie. They look like props, they’re huge black boxes,” said Willett PTA president Joy Kleinberg during one of iSeeDavis’ segments.

Nearly 1,600 schools across the country have entered the “Clorox Power a Bright Future” contest and, over the past couple of weeks, Willett has been hovering between 14th and 15th place for the most votes.

“We really want to encourage everyone in Davis to vote for Willett, even if you don’t have kids at that school. It will strengthen our community and free up $50,000 for other schools in our district if Willett is awarded that prize money,” said Cheri Gyuro, publisher and executive producer of iSeeDavis.com.

Anyone can vote for Willett online twice a day by visiting https://powerabrightfuture.clorox.com/nominees/detail/?nid=377 or texting 377pbf to 95248.

Links to voting also can also be found on iSeeDavis.com.

For videos publicizing Willett’s need for the grant, see http://iseedavis.com/help-willett-win-3/ and http://iseedavis.com/broken-dreams/.

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