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Teacher in running to win $20,000 for his school

Local elementary school teacher Joseph Grabowski is close to winning $20,000 for his classroom to use technology to connect with the world.
Grabowski, a teacher at St. John school, is one of 25 finalists in an online contest sponsored by education saving company Canadian Scholarship Trust, but he needs votes from the public in order to win the $20,000 prize.
Using Skype, Grabowski has brought 50 leaders in dozens of different technical fields into his classroom from around the world. He hopes to use the funds from the contest – The Inspired Minds Learning Project – to increase his ability to use technology to teach.
“I love teaching and expanding my students minds,” Grabowski said in a news release. “Technology now lets us do and see things that were impossible just a few years ago. For little or no cost, Skype allows some of the smartest people around the planet to share their passions and knowledge with my students. This technology has been such a gift to my students.”
Grabowski finished fourth out of more than 200 submissions in the first round of voting, the release said.
The second round of voting runs from June 9 to 16 and decides the winner.
If Grabowski wins, he plans to use the winnings to buy a class set of iPads, to create a website to connect other teachers in the local Catholic school board with guest speakers to supplement their curriculum, and to bring guest speakers to the board each June. To vote for his project, visit

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