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Winners announced in Dolan Automotive Group $50,000 “Class Project” giveaway“

By ThisIsReno

The votes are in and the checks are ready for the 20 winners of Dolan Automotive Group’s  second annual $50,000 Class Project. The annual contest encourages area public school teachers to submit a classroom project concept on behalf of students during the month of September. Teacher proposals are then voted on by fans of the Dolan Automotive Group Facebook page in October and the top 20 vote-earners receive $2,500 to help bring the idea to life. Sixty-two entries were received and more than 25,000 votes were cast by northern Nevada community members.

“We would like to extend special congratulations to the 20 teachers and classrooms with the most votes in this year’s Class Project,” said Ryan Dolan, CEO of Dolan Automotive Group. “We would also like to thank all of those schools that participated. The dedication of the teachers, students, families and community members from across northern Nevada made this a successful and exciting project for a second straight year and we look forward to seeing the Project grow year after year.”

The winners of the second annual $50,000 Class Project and the corresponding vote count are:


Votes Project Name Teacher School
1683 The Discovery of Science Mr. Lindquist Lenz Elementary
1653 Project Sound Mr. Wood Reno High School
1236 VC Shutterbugs Mrs. Staffen Hugh Gallagher Elementary School
1177 Library for Upper Elementary and Middle School Mrs. Frost High Desert Montessori School
988 Reaching Multimedia Learners Mrs. Robinson Coral Academy of Science
974 Alyce Taylor Gators Need Non-Fiction Mr. Doetch Alyce Taylor Elementary School
916 Physical Education Revitalization Mr. Watson Carson Montessori School
893 Speaking Hands Mrs. Weaver Carson High School
888 Going Green at McQueen! Mrs. Beckam McQueen High School
867 Cougar Cadets Care for the Coyotes Mr. Colonel Coger Spanish Springs HS
861 “Getting Connected” Ms. Calhoun Pine Middle School Gifted and Talented
845 Orchestra Video Education Upgrade Mrs. Neidhold Billinghurst Middle School
837 Published Writers Miss Kuhn Silver Stage Elementary
791 Helping our Music Program sound GREAT! Mr. Schifferdecker Damonte Ranch High School
765 Just for Clicks and Giggles Mr. Shafer Fernley High School
749 STEM Projects in the Physical Sciences Mr. English Wooster High School
702 Learning By Leaps With Laptops- Team Dibble and Schlatter Mrs. Schlatter*and*Dibble Hunsberger
686 iPads for 1st grade Mrs. Czerwinsky Kate Smith Elementary School
664 Outdoor Classroom Mrs. Leahey/Killingsworth Silver Lake Elementary School
661 “Active” Learning Mrs. Dreelan Spanish Springs High School


Each classroom is to be presented with a $2,500 check during the weeks of October 29 and November 5, 2012.

In 2011, the inaugural $50,000 Class Project awarded 20 classrooms with $2,500 each, resulting in 101 teacher proposals and more than 27,000 votes. It was followed by Dolan’s “Giving Thanks” promotion, which awarded a total of $6,000 to individuals for community service projects, and the $30,000 School Upgrade Project that gave $10,000 each to three different schools to be used for major improvements that benefit the entire student body.  In August 2012, Dolan Automotive Group held its second annual FanFest Free Car Giveaway, rewarding one lucky fan with a brand new Toyota Tacoma.

For more information on Dolan Automotive Group, visit www.DolanAutoGroup.com.


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