And then there were two. Madeleine Rogin, a kindergarten teacher at Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito, has made it to the final round in the competition sponsored by online social platform GOOD (www.good.is) and the University of Phoenix for a $10,000 classroom grant.
Rogin, one of two contestants remaining of the eight who started, has big plans for the grant. Her proposal has a local element that would teach students environmental stewardship by restoring a frog habitat at a portion of Baxter Creek near the school.
"We also want to partner with an elementary school in Ghana, West Africa in order to help with school supplies and basic equipment for their school as well as build cross cultural exchange and cross cultural communication," she says.
The two schools would communicate and meet each other via Skype.
"I feel like I have a really good chance to win this because our project is unique and right for the time we are in right now, when our students need to learn the skills of empathy, compassion, environmental stewardship and cultural competency in order to be successful in their academic careers and as they grow in our global economy and reality," she says.
You can learn more about the project from the video on Rogin's page at the contest site, http://kto6gato.maker.good.is/projects/7998?sort=359. Voting for her can be done on the same page.
Voting is free and visitors can cast a vote once each day through Sunday. Those who don't want to do the whole new user registration process at the site can sign in via Facebook.