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Bell Gardens Intermediate Votes for $50,000 Grant

Students and parents at Bell Gardens Intermediate are busy these days voting for their school in hopes of winning the $50,000 grand prize in a nationwide contest.

Martha Cabral votes for Bell Gardens Intermediate, in hopes her child’s school wins the $50,000 grand prize. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

The “A Bright Future” competition, sponsored by The Clorox Company, will award prizes to seven schools in three different categories: “Play,” which would help schools build playgrounds and establish exercise programs; “Create,” to fund art-related programs and “Explore,” which will help schools establish science clubs or computer labs.

Bell Gardens Councilmember Priscilla Flores signed up the Montebello Unified School District school to compete in the “Explore” category, in hopes of winning funds needed to purchase new computers for the school.

“We have computers that are outdated, so after a few years, you see the need to update, but it can get very costly,” said Flores, who also happens to teach at the school.

The school with the most votes in each of the three categories will win $25,000. Judges will also pick a second school in each category for a second $25,000 grant. The $50,000 grand prize will be awarded to the school with the most votes overall.

Currently, Bell Gardens Intermediate is ranked 84th out of over 2,000 schools that are competing for the grant. Flores set up a computer in the parent room at the intermediate school to make it easier for parents who want to vote.

“We need to take the initiative to try to win,” Flores said. “I know it seems like a long shot, but the opportunities are not going to come on their own, you have to seek it,” she said.

Each person can vote once per day online or by text message. The last day to vote is Dec. 19. All seven winners will be announced in January.

To vote, visit www.powerabrightfuture.com or text 602PBF to 95248 (message and data rates apply).