January 17, 2019

HCMS Seeking Community’s Votes as Part of $200,000 National Education Contest

Schools Receiving Most ‘People’s Choice’ Votes Will Win $5,000 Each

(Franklin) — Heard County Middle  School has entered a $200,000 national education contest hoping for a chance at one of the 15 prizes that will be awarded to recognize the best in K-12 innovation.

In addition to completing an online application for the third annual Follett Challenge, HCMS also submitted a short video to promote its innovative programs that teach students the 21st century skills they need to be prepared for life.

Ten of the prizes, valued at $5,000 each, to be given away are from the “People’s Choice” category and will solely be based on how many votes applicants have received for their videos from the public. Video voting begins March 7.

The HCMS video is now posted on the Follett Challenge website (www.FollettChallenge.com) under the “View Entries” tab. Votes may also be cast at http://bravesread.net (click on the Follett Challenge banner in red).

After registering, users can cast one vote per day through April 4, when voting ends.

Not only are the public’s votes significant in the video voting portion of the contest, but they also will play a role in the overall rubric as 30 percent of each school’s final score is based on the number of votes generated for their video.

“We hope our community will support us by viewing our video and voting for our submission,” said Glovis South, Media Specialist. “Participating in the Follett Challenge is a great experience by providing a platform to share innovation with other schools across the country and world.”

With a total prize value of $200,000 in products and services from Follett – a global education solutions leader – the overall winner will earn a $60,000 prize, plus a celebration at the school, while each of the other three semifinalists will earn $30,000 prizes.

The 10 “People’s Choice” awards are worth $5,000 each in products and services and will be announced April 14 along with the semifinalists. This year’s Follett Challenge will honor semifinalist winners in four categories: elementary, middle, high school and magnet/parochial/K12 schools.

The judges will be seeking applications that illustrate critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students and among teachers and other members of the school staff.

Last year’s grand-prize winners were Maplewood Richmond Heights School District in St. Louis, Mo., and Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, Calif. The 2014 grand-prize winner will be announced May 16.

For more on the Follett Challenge, visit www.FollettChallenge.com.



  1. Mona Johnson says:

    Well, I went to take a look and there is not a tab for “view entries”. Can you help me. I would like to help them by voting.

  2. At the Follett Challenge website, type “Heard County” in the search box to find the video. Or, go directly to the video by going to http://bravesread.net and click on the red Follett Challenge banner. Thanks to everyone who votes! We may not get as many votes as the larger schools, but voting and sharing counts in the main grant rubric.

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