Text by Barnstable United
Barnstable United is currently ranked #4 in voting for the “Create” category in the Clorox “Bright future” grant program.
There are only ten more days left to vote, and Barnstable United is the only Cape Cod School nominated for a Clorox “Bright future” grant.
They could use this support by encouraging students and parents to vote for their grant proposal.
In recent years, the Barnstable Public School system has closed 6 of its 14 schools.
Since 2003, the current Grade 4/5 building has housed 3 different student populations and had 6 principals. The school has a present enrollment of 801 students, many of them from lower-income families
Starting November 12 and running through Wednesday December 19, students, staff, families, and other community members are encourage to go online and vote for the Barnstable United's Nomination Proposal.
Each person, 13 years of age or older, is allowed to text once a day during this time period. The seven winners will be notified at the end of December. The grants run from $25,000 to $50,000.
Why Barnstable United needs the grant
At the center of this school is a large quadrangle visible from 31 classrooms--a space that was once used by teachers and students but has become an overgrown, uninviting eyesore.
These are three ways to vote:
In looking beyond the dirty walkways and tangled weeds, we see genuine potential in this area. In an era when students are spending so much of their time indoors, the school's leaders want to give them an opportunity to engage in structured learning activities relating to art, music, theater, science, math, and reading in a clean, safe outdoor space.
How this Grant will Help:
In the chaos of change that occurred in this district, the once-utilized quad suffered from neglect, and now no one uses it at all. We are trying to revitalize the area on zero budget.
A literal army of volunteers has tackled the project. These include local skilled laborers (and their valuable tools and machinery), 70 high school students, and staff members.
Here is the gallery of schools nominated. Here is the Barnstable page for your vote.Over the course of two Saturdays, healthy trees and bushes were transplanted, while overgrown and dead branches and brush were excavated and removed. We are invested in this project but now we cannot move forward without financial help.
The school says, "We need Clorox--literally and figuratively. With their product we can clean the cement; with your financial assistance, we would have the strength to transform students' lives. It would be a crystalizing moment in the minds of children to watch this area become a vibrant, multi-purpose educational facility, in the heart of the school, which inspires them to reflect, celebrate, educate, and recreate."
The grant proposal is outlined in this linked page.