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March 1, 2011 > Warm Springs Elementary wins makeover prize

Warm Springs Elementary wins makeover prize

By Miriam G. Mazliach
Photos By Dana Kleinsasser

Ruth Lemmon, a 4th grade teacher at Warm Springs School in Fremont was chosen as one of three winning recipients of The Great American Classroom Makeover, a national contest sponsored by Great American Financial Resources. This annual national contest awards deserving teachers with the means to update classrooms and supplies.

Lemmon's appeal for community support was printed in the January 25 issue of the Tri-City Voice newspaper. Her idea was to help create safe storage for the students' belongings. "My hope is to fund backpack hooks so that the backpacks can be neatly stored above ground to avoid being a tripping hazard and to dissuade the crows from getting into the students' lunches," said Lemmon. "Also, if possible, the school would like to get a storage shelf or cabinet built to store the lunches."

Warm Springs Elementary received thousands of online votes throughout the month of January and was selected from among hundreds of entries submitted nationwide to receive $1,500 to purchase items needed for Lemmon's classroom. An additional $1,500 prize was awarded to the school.

A check presentation assembly was held on February 16 at Warm Springs Elementary, with Pete Fione, a representative from Great American Financial Resources, doing the honors. The school received its $1500 check and Ruth Lemmon generously donated her check for $1500 to the school to put towards the backpack hooks. With this amount, Warm Springs Elementary was able to purchase enough hooks for seven classrooms, which should be installed in the near future.

"I am very grateful to the Warm Springs community and friends across the country and around the world who voted for Warm Springs School. Our second place win would not be possible without their help and dedication," added Lemmon.

If you are interested in helping the school outfit their remaining 22 classrooms, contact Principal Brett Nelson at (510) 656-1611. For more information on the contest, visit www.GAClassroomMakeover.com.

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