Glade Park school needs votes for $250K grant

Glade Park Community School has a shot at $250,000 as a finalist in the Pepsi Refresh Project grant program.

The school is competing against more than 300 other groups this month for money to build a new, permanent school building to replace the two-room modular unit being used for the school’s 21 kindergarten through fourth-grade students. Anyone can vote once a day every day in November at the grant website,

Karyn Bechtel, president of On the Park, a nonprofit organization supporting the school, said the school has attempted to get on the Pepsi Refresh project list since May.

The school found out Monday that Pepsi accepted them to the project list. Finalists for $1.3 million in funding will be announced Dec. 1. The two top vote-getters in the $250,000 category will reach the finals, as well as the 10 top vote-getters in the $5,000, $25,000 and $50,000 categories. Ideas in the top 100 get carried over into the next month if they don’t win.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Glade Park School was number 192 in the $250,000 category. Bechtel said she hopes people are still in the voting spirit post-Election Day and spread the word.

“For us to be successful, we need not only everyone we know locally to be voting, but for everyone they know to be voting, too,” Bechtel said.

Glade Park Community School opened in fall 2009 with 11 students. The school will be open to kindergarten through fifth grades next fall. It will likely stay an elementary-only school for the near-term, Bechtel said.


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