Discovery Elementary School has been named a first-place winner in a national $50,000 grant competition.

The school was competing in The Clorox Co.’s Power a Bright Future program. Supporters had a little more than a month to cast votes online or by text. Voting ended Dec. 9, and Discovery had earned 123,000 votes and was shown in first place online.

Parent organizer Linda Knowlton said the post-voting experience has been a bit of a roller coaster for the school because there was some confusion about the grand-prize winner.

The top vote-getter was to be awarded with $50,000 and four $25,000 grants awarded to runners-up.

Eventually, Clorox named Discovery the first-place winner in the “Explore” category and a $50,000 winner, Knowlton said.

Discovery pursued the grant to pay for rewiring of the school, which was built in 1997. Rewiring would allow the school to upgrade classroom technology.

Knowlton said the school is expected to receive the $50,000 in eight to 10 weeks and begin using the money soon after. Discovery will host Tech Night on Thursday to discuss the vision for technology at the school and what a 21st century classroom should look like.

For more on grants and grant writing, visit Grant Pros.


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