Barnes & Noble, Inc., the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that El Dorado High School in El Paso, Texas, is the winner of the exclusive "Get Going Day with Chelsea Clinton" contest.
The contest ran as part of Fall Educator Appreciation Days at Barnes & Noble and El Dorado High School won with a unique idea to partner with The Humane Society of El Paso, the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition and the Make-A-Wish Foundation to do a beautification and clean-up project around the city. The school will be visited by Chelsea Clinton on April 7 to celebrate their national accolade. The school will also receive a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.
“Barnes & Noble received submissions for the exclusive ‘Get Going Day with Chelsea Clinton’ contest from schools all over the country, and they were all truly commendable and worthy ideas that we hope move ahead,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President of Business Development at Barnes & Noble. “We want to congratulate El Dorado High School for their amazing idea and we know they’ll be so excited to get a visit from Chelsea Clinton. Creating unique classroom and school opportunities like this is an important part of Barnes & Noble’s ongoing commitment to the educator community and we look forward to similar initiatives in the future.”
During 2015’s Fall Educator Appreciation Days, as part of the workshop, educators could enter Barnes & Noble’s exclusive “Get Going Day with Chelsea Clinton” contest for the opportunity to have Chelsea Clinton visit their classroom, school or local community. To enter, educators were asked to use the knowledge taken from the workshop to work with their fellow teachers and students to develop a proposal to make a positive change in their local community.
El Dorado High School in El Paso, led by art teacher Candace Printz, came up with an idea for a campaign to combat trash and pollution in their city. The proposed plan involves a partnership with community groups to help collect the trash and sort it. Once it’s sorted, students from the school will work with local artists to design and create their own individual art work out of the “junk.” The best art pieces will then be displayed in local art galleries to highlight the project and instill a sense of pride in the city. As part of the proposed project, the artwork will also be available to buy with proceeds going to the community groups who helped collect the trash to begin with, including the Humane Society of El Paso, the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The El Dorado High School project is one of many great ideas submitted from across the country. Other notable submissions include a plan from Minnetonka Middle School East in Minnesota to host a charity walk to raise money to build wells for drinking water in Haiti, and an idea from Sylmar High School in California to raise awareness of gender equality issues in their local community.
Barnes & Noble will celebrate Spring Educator Appreciation Days from April 9-17. Stores nationwide and Barnes & Noble.com will offer pre-K-12 public, private and homeschool educators and administrators special discounts, events, sweepstakes and giveaways during this time.