Reporting Gigi Barnett
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The stakes are high for one Baltimore City school in a race to win thousands of dollars in grant money from Clorox.
Gigi Barnett explains the money can make some major improvements.
Vote 2366pbf to 95248! Most of the students at Mount Washington Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore have learned this chant.
There are signs in the office reminding parents and visitors about it.
If students tell enough people and get enough votes, the chant will pay off and put $50,000 in the school’s bank account. That’s more than any bake sale can bring.
“They don’t give us $50,000. I’m not saying they’re not good fundraisers, but $50,000 is a lot for a school,” said Sue Torr, Mount Washington principal.
Mount Washington is in the middle of an online contest. It’s called Power A Bright Future. Clorox is the company behind it.
“The way you vote is you text 2366pbf to 95248, and that’s how we get a vote,” Torr said.
Torr says if her school wins, they’ll clean up. And they’re getting closer to the top spot.
“We are in 13th place out of 1,600 schools. We started at 345,” she said.
The school wants new computers. The old ones in the math lab must go.
“They’re slow, and they don’t work,” one boy said.
But the big-ticket item most students want is “maybe a playground,” a little girl said.
The current playground is really a parking lot. Cars come and go, and the only thing that keeps kids safe are parking cones. And what’s more, the smallest children play there.
“Winning this grant would help us create a safe play space for our kids,” Torr said.
Time to get more votes and win the playground money is running out. The contest ends on Dec. 19.
Mount Washington is the only Maryland school in the nationwide contest. To help the school win, just text 2366pbf to 95248.