School Notes, June 12

June 11, 2013 

‘The Nation’ writing contest

“The Nation” is accepting entries for its 2013 Student Writing Contest. Entries can be up to 800 words and must address the following prompt: It’s clear that the political system in the U.S. isn’t working for many. If you had to pick one root cause underlying our broken politics, what would it be and why?

The contest is open to all rising high school students and undergraduates at U.S. schools, colleges and universities, as well as students who have received high school or college degrees in 2013.

Ten finalists and two winners will be selected. The winners will receive $1,000 and a lifetime subscription to “The Nation.” Finalists will receive $200 each and a subscription.

Entries must be submitted to by Saturday, June 30. For more information, visit

Wake Electric offering grant programs

Teachers can apply for grants up to $3,000 in Wake Electric’s Classroom Technology Awards grant program and the Bright Ideas grant program for the 2013-14 school year until Sept. 12. Eligible teachers include public school K-12 working in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.

Classroom Technology Award grants will be awarded in any discipline for specific technology such as computers, digital cameras, scanners and software. The technology must benefit the students in the classroom. To apply, visit call 919-863-6312 or visit

Bright Ideas grants will be awarded directly to teachers for creative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the creative elements, implementation, goals and evaluation of the project, and have approval from the school principal. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process. For details, visit

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