Karen Coughtrey, a Grade 1 teacher at Broadview Public School in Ottawa, is one of ten finalists in a contest for a make-over of her classroom. She’s competing with ten other teachers to win $5,000 of new classroom equipment from Wintergreen.
You may have heard about the poor condition of Broadview (see here for a recap). Coughtrey’s class is in the basement and she says her classroom is in dire need of help. This is how she describes it:
“There are many insect friends who visit us regularly and … there have been a mouse or too as well… Things would not be so bad if not combined with the peeling paint on every wall, the dusty asbestos wrapped pipes running everywhere above us and the mismatched desks, some too small for even my smallest students… some shelves are too high for me to reach on even my tallest chair and several shelves in the low bookcases are broken… This is a room badly in need of help.”
I think Karen Coughtrey’s Grade 1 class deserves something better. If you agree, click here to vote for Karen and her classroom.