Beattie Elementary Wins $1000 from Classroom Caravan

Click HERE for the Windstream's Classroom Caravan website.

Click HERE for Windstream's Facebook page.

It's called the classroom Caravan.

A team from Windstream travels around the country rewarding schools for giving back to the community and taking the "Click Challenge."

Windstream's goal, give $250,000 back to schools across the country.

"I need a huge round of applause for Click the dog."

Click the Windstream mascot, made a big entrance Tuesday afternoon.

He surprised 430 kids at Beattie Elementary School for a "Click Challenge" to see who could stack cans of food as fast as possible.

Brooke Cochran is a Classroom Caravan Crew Member. She tells 10/11, "We've gotten a few Click Challenges, but people aren't sure if they want to face Click."

Beattie the Bobcat and these fifth graders took click on and won.

5th grader Berkley McInerny was on Click's team but says, "I really wanted the Bobcat to win."

In turn Beattie the Bobcat and the students earned $1000 to fund after school programs at Beattie Elementary.

Parent Teachor Organization Member Lona Thompson says, "What it's going to mean is there are going to be extra activities after school and there's going to be a lot of learning. Just some basic things, some extra math, science, the kids are excited to do expriments, chess club."

Thompson nominated Beattie on Facebook for the Windstream Classroom Caravan. Her idea, a school food drive.

She says, "We did a food drive challenge between the classrooms."

Beattie Elementary Principal Kathleen Dering says, "We knew the Lincoln food banks were in need."

Cochran adds, "Windstream really cares about the community and we love it when we see schools that are giving back to their communities as well."

That's why Windstream isn't stopping there. Click and the Caravan team are encouraging schools to come up with a community service project and a chance to win even more money.

Cochran says, "If they do a community service project, upload it to our website and then we could be coming back with $25,000."

Dering says, "We have brainstormed a couple of ideas and we're down to about three different thoughts, so we're ironing those out right now."

Dering and Thompson say if they win the $25,000 they would use it to expand technology in the classroom.

Classroom Caravan Crew Member Brooke Cochran says people can upload videos until the end of October. Then the public will vote on the top entries.


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