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Colony Oak in running for $50,000 science grant from Clorox Company
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Eighth graders at Colony Oak Elementary School in Ripon show their excitement about current science projects under way at the rural campus. Sitting in the foreground are Mikayla Phelps and Ally Van Horn. Seen from left are Natalie Wright, Alyssa Mayberry, Kent Norman, Kole Gonzales, Logan Bockhahn, Shaughn Osborne, Kenny Hitchcock, Ali Capol holding her project sign, teacher Wes Van Vuren and Cody Haines. - photo by GLENN KAHL

RIPON — It’s what’s best for kids at Colony Oak School in Ripon and science is definitely in the mix with teachers and students going the extra mile.

The school has been nominated for the Clorox Company’s “Power and Bright Future” grant program where a $50,000 grand prize is up for grabs.

Colony Oak Principal Amie Carter said winning the contest would be a boon in funding the school’s “Science as Art” program where students take ownership over their learning.

Many artistic mediums are used such as the creation of molecules and fractural art in looking for repeating patterns in nature.

Carter is asking for community support in an effort to secure the Clorox educational award that will be measured by online and text message votes sent to Clorox.  The school program that receives the highest number of votes will receive the $50,000 grant, the principal explained.

There will also be four runners-up getting $25,000 each and a judges’ award also for $25,000. 

“I hope you’ll take a minute to vote for our program once a day,” Carter said.

Text: Clorox 5903 to 44144 once every day or vote online at  Voting just one time per day between October 24 and December 9.