Contest involving Red Lodge teacher down to the wire


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Red Lodge High School teacher Kate Belinda, left, and three of her Green Team students, Fran Graham, Addie Poore and Emma Clinton, stand in front of the school with a model of the wind turbine they hope to see raised on school grounds.

I wrote a story last month about a Red Lodge teacher, a story that began like this: “Kate Belinda needs your vote, but she’s not running for office.”

Well, it’s crunch time now and she needs your vote more than ever. Your votes, rather, since everyone is free to vote once a day for their favorite teacher in a Dream Big Teachers Challenge, sponsored by Farmers Insurance.

Belinda is the adviser for the Red Lodge High School Green Team, which hopes to use the $100,000 contest prize to erect a wind turbine on school property, saving the school lots of money in electricity costs and greatly reducing its carbon footprint.

The Red Lodge teacher has already come far by being named one of 15 finalists from among several hundred teachers nationwide who sent in proposals. But only six of those 15 finalists will receive the $100,000 prizes, and voting ends on Oct. 31.

So go to the link above and vote, every day if you can. She’s a great teacher leading a great bunch of kids and they deserve it.

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