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Naas nominated for grant

Naas Elementary is counting on community help to earn a grant that would allow the school to update much of its out-of-date equipment.

The elementary school in Boring is one of 2,500 nominees from around the country for the Clorox Company’s “Power A Bright Future” program, which awards seven grants to institutions needing additional financial resources.

Four of the grants are awarded based on votes, while three are based on merit. The school with the most votes will receive a $50,000 grant and $25,000 grants will be awarded to the winners of the three categories — play, create and explore.

Naas, which has an enrollment of 314 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, became one of the nominees by submitting a proposal detailing why the money would be beneficial.

The elementary school would use the funds to replace outdated equipment in its computer lab. Replacing the limited number of functional desktop computers would provide every student with the ability to access online academic programs designed to enhance their learning experience.

“There is a need for students to have up-to-date technology given the world we live in now,” said Kimberly Braunberger, Naas Elementary principal. “Students need to have certain technology-based skills.”

There are two ways to vote:

n One way is to text 2338pbf to 95248.

n You also can visit powerabrightfuture.com and click on nominees, type in “Naas” and vote.

Votes can be cast twice a day, once online and once by text.

Naas is a Title 1 school with 98 percent of its funding used to provide staffing for student instruction. This contest is another avenue for the cash-strapped school to upgrade its technology, and all it takes is some support from the community.