Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ellis Eagles Need You!

Ellis Elementary is the oldest continuously operating elementary school in the state of Utah.  Ellis turns 121 years old this year and while it has aged well, it is in desperate need of some remodeling.  Some of the renovations will require the removal of quite a few of the old growth trees on the property. 

Many of these trees are decades old and were planted to commemorate special events.  One of these trees is known as the sweetheart tree and was planted by two teachers who met and married during their tenure at Ellis.  Some of the students decided they wanted to help raise funds to replace the trees.  With the help of a great teacher, Greg Cox, they made a video.  Take a few minutes to watch.

They have entered this video in the Scotties Tissue nationwide competition Trees Rock! in the hopes of wining the grand prize of $10,000 to help replace the trees and provide paperless technology for the classrooms.  Now Ellis Elementary is one of the 12 finalists from across the country and they need your help!  They need people to vote for their video.

I can hear you sighing from here.  Yes, I know, being asked to vote for this or that in some random competition is annoying, I'll give you that.  But bear with me.  Voting is free, easy (just three steps), and it enters you to win a gift pack from Scotties.  So please take 2 minutes and vote for the Ellis Elementary Eagles and help them feather their nest for future Eagles.  You can get started here:


While I never attended Ellis, I still want to help out this great school.  The principal, Sue Sorensen, is a friend of mine, and 5 of my nieces and nephews have attended this school.  Please vote and then share this post with your friends and family and see if together we can make a difference.

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