SSISD Wins $25,000.00 Clorox Grant
From Sherry Chester, SSISD
PRAISE GOD! THANK YOU JESUS! PRAISE GOD! THANK YOU JESUS!
PRAISE GOD! THANK YOU JESUS! PRAISE GOD!
Praise God and thank you Jesus once again! WE DID IT! Congratulations You “Caring Community of CLOROX Champions”!!! Through your consistent efforts and steadfastness using technology you helped win a $25,000 award from The Clorox Power a Bright Future Competition! Sulphur Springs, Texas has won first place in the “Play” category. WOOOHOOO!!!! Please realize only five awards are given among the 1,622 schools who were in the competition. Sulphur Springs had the second highest votes in the country for the Grand Prize and won first place in the "Play" category! We have much to be thankful about! Congratulations on an outstanding job! The winners listed on the website (https://powerabrightfuture.com) include: China Spring Elementary - Grand Prize Winner ($50,000), Discovery - Explore Winner ($25,000); St. Mark's Lutheran School - Create Winner ($25,000) and Judge's Pick - Mackay High School ($25,000) Congratulations to all the winners. I am happy for everyone involved. Students benefit in every instance and that's what is all about. :)
Your efforts will make many a young child happy for years to come as they play outside at the 3-4 campus that will be known as Sulphur Springs Elementary. I already knew this was a “Caring Community of Champions,” an expressed sentiment shared at the close of this competition. It is simply WONDERFUL to add the brand name “Clorox” to this equation since everyone worked so hard to win the race.
THANK YOU is an oversimplified expression of my earnest appreciation and heart-felt gratitude for every person who: texted “Clorox 7805 to 44144” J, voted on-line, emailed friends, printed fliers, passed out cards or fliers, made phones calls, displayed posters in storefronts, placed signs on vehicles, stood at Wal-Mart or Lowes campaigning, built a Christmas float, taught others how to text vote using their mobile device anywhere anytime, promoted the cause through every media venue throughout the area, and reminded people to vote by word of mouth everywhere you went. You did an EXCELLENT job of communicating!
I don’t think anyone involved at the outset could have anticipated, expected, imagined, or even predicted the great intangible rewards that evolved over the course of time. There has been an enormous sense of unity in this community along with friends and family near or far. The camaraderie has enabled us to “Power a Bright Future” in Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County.
Since teaching and learning are life-long processes, whether you are in the field of education or not, I hope you realize the POSITIVE impact you have made on many individuals. Let me take a moment to remind you of who you are and what you have modeled and taught during those 47 days from October 24-December 9, 2011 during the actual voting phase and the 35 subsequent days awaiting notification. I believe the lessons learned will continue and flourish.
You taught our young children and people of all ages some valuable life-long lessons. More is caught by actions than spoken by words and here is what I observed:
§ You placed the needs of children before yourself by giving of time and resources to make this a better place and provide something young and old will enjoy for years to come. Outdoor play is important regardless of age.
§ You modeled consistency, diligence, steadfastness, and perseverance. These traits are needed when the end result of anything worth pursuing is not easily in sight or readily attainable.
§ You demonstrated a clear sense of civic engagement, service learning, and personal ownership with regard to community that was and still is incredibly unifying, encouraging, and uplifting.
§ You kept the faith (evidence of something hoped for yet not seen), earnestly prayed, and remained positive whether we were 7,200 votes behind or 1,000 votes ahead. You never gave up and that speaks volumes! This type of tenacity will empower future generations to lead and educate effectively in all walks of life.
If you helped promote or vote for the 3rd and 4th grade campus playground through the Clorox Power a Bright Future Competition, please open and print off the attachment. Display the poster at your place of business, on vehicles, and other public places as a part of our celebration process! WE DID IT!!! We won 1st place in the "Play Category! Congratulations once again you highly favored and blessed “Caring Community of Clorox Champions!”