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rumkimom
10-07-2008, 08:46 AM
As some of you may remember, my parent's hometown was hit by a F5 tornado this past spring. The High School was totally destroyed.

They have been nominated to recieve $25,000. Could you please vote for them (Aplington-Parkersburg High School)?

http://www.henkelhelps.com/

Wendy C.
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Congratulations!

Ms. Lynne Mulder nominated Aplington-Parkersburg High School for
a *$25,000 prize from Henkel Helps Schools *to improve your
school, and *our judges have selected your school as one of 10
finalists!* Winners will be chosen by online, public voting.

Henkel is one of the country's largest marketers of household
brands, including Dial® soaps, Purex® laundry detergents,
Renuzit® air fresheners, Loctite® adhesives and Right Guard®
antiperspirants.

Here was the entry for your school:

On May 25, 2008 an F5 tornado destroyed a third of the community
of Parkersburg, IA. The high school was destroyed. High
Schoolers will be attending the Middle School in Aplington
making cramped quarters this school year, but everyone is
determined to make it work. The construction of a new school
will begin soon with the goal of being in it by the start of the
2009-2010 school year. $25000 could be used in so many areas,
new textbooks are needed, desks, computers, classroom equipment,
sound equipment for the auditorium, the list goes on and on as
so much was lost or damaged. The students have stepped up to
help with cleanup in the community as well as hepling to get the
other school buildings rearranged to house more students. It
would be a wonderful reward for them to receive a grant such as
this. So many of the students lost their own homes yet they want
to continue helping others. My own children lost their
granparents to the storm and they would like to make a
contribution to the school in their honor. The students will
face many emotional challenges this year in addition to the
academic challenges of high school. Any contibution lets them
know people care for them and want them to succeed and show that
'Falcons Rise Again!'


> From the more than 1,500 entries we received, our judges have
narrowed the field to the top 10 nominations, and *now it's up
to you, your students, staff and the community to help
Aplington-Parkersburg High School win the $25,000 grand prize
*for renovations to your school, as nominated by Ms. Mulder*.*
Two runners up will each receive a check for $2,500.

We will be announcing the Top 10 through news releases to the
national media, as well as media in your area the week of
October 6. *Please help us spread the word*, and help your
school win!

All you have to do is tell your students, staff and your
community to visit www.henkelhelps.com
<http://www.henkelhelps.com/> from October 6th - October 19th
to *vote for your school*. Each valid e-mail address will be
allowed one vote per day. *The school with the most votes at the
end of the voting period will win $25,000 and a visit from
Henkel representatives* the week of October 27. We will work
with the grand prize winner to set up an assembly for the check
presentation. Official rules for the contest are on the Web site
as well.


Don't forget that anyone, nationwide, with a valid e-mail can
vote. Get everyone involved - and don't forget about your local
media. If you do have contact with the media, please let me
know, as I can help with follow up and get them any information
necessary.

*I also need your help in securing a few photos of your school*,
including a picture of the entire building, as well as a few
that highlight the areas that Ms. Mulder pointed out in her
nomination. These will be used on the www.henkelhelps.com
<http://www.henkelhelps.com/> Web site. You can e-mail them to
me at mevans@liggett.com. The sooner we can get these, the
better - so thank you in advance for your quick cooperation!

Again, on behalf of Henkel, I congratulate you and wish your
school the best of luck. Please don't hesitate to contact me if
you have any questions. I'm happy to help however I can.

Best,
Melissa Evans
mevans@liggett.com
216-373-8111

HollyS
10-07-2008, 08:49 AM
Good luck Wendy!

christellevandyk
10-07-2008, 09:02 AM
Oh good luck to you all! I cast my vote (not even in USA, but they accepted it anyway)...

scrappintwins
10-07-2008, 09:08 AM
I voted hun! Looks like they are in the lead!!! YAY!!

Debra
10-07-2008, 09:11 AM
I voted too :) Will try to vote every day :) Good Luck!!

twirlyjoy
10-07-2008, 09:23 AM
I voted - good luck :)

Ina
10-07-2008, 09:29 AM
I voted too! :D Good luck! :D

anitastreet
10-07-2008, 09:43 AM
I voted too.. looks like they have a good lead and the biggest need! let us know how it turns out!

rumkimom
10-07-2008, 12:40 PM
Thanks so much everyone!! Keep those votes coming. :) They really do have the biggest need!

Debra
10-07-2008, 02:18 PM
:bump: :bump: :bump:

HisKid
10-07-2008, 03:47 PM
I voted too ... :D

Wendy, how did you find out about this? Did mom and dad tell you about it because I hadn't heard a thing about it?

For those who didn't know about the tornado, here are the links to two LO here at GDS showing some of the destruction:

Unbelievable Destruction (http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=33468&ppuser=8794)
Unbelievable Destruction 2 (http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=33469&ppuser=8794)

Gem
10-07-2008, 04:05 PM
Glad to help out.

Sophiana
10-08-2008, 03:09 AM
I voted too

Debra
10-08-2008, 04:39 AM
voted again today...

ABitDaffy
10-08-2008, 04:57 AM
I voted, too!