Empowering Innovation — One Vote at a Time

Voting for the 2014 -2015 Follett Challenge is now open, and you can vote once per day for your favorite video until midnight on January 30th, 2015. See below for voting tips.
With all the entries submitted, the excitement around the Follett Challenge is kicking into high gear. Video voting is underway and it’s your opportunity to tell us which schools should be crowned this year’s Follett Challenge winners. We want to know what you—the People—think is innovative and worthy of reward. And because we know there is a lot of innovation out there, ten schools with the most votes will be named People’s Choice winners, and will each receive $8,000 in goods and services from Follett School Solutions. We recognize that innovation comes in many different forms and styles—and we’re encouraging you to tell us what you think is innovative through the People’s Choice awards.

These ten awards empower the teachers, families, and friends to cast a vote of belief and trust for the school they know and love. If you’ve seen firsthand how a special program has benefited a child close to you, we want to empower you to tell us with your vote. If you vote each day for the school you believe in and they end up being a People’s Choice winner, you can forever feel proud that your votes contributed to their victory.

But that’s not all – the Semifinalists are competing for $30,000 in Follett products and services – and 20% of their score is based on the votes they receive. There is only one Grand Prize winner each year in the Follett Challenge, a dynamic school whose innovation shines and our judges feel its program stands above the rest. That’s a given, and even the Grand Prize winner needs your votes.

Lastly, we want to empower each school to get behind their entry and do everything possible to ensure a win. That means using the Follett Challenge promotions toolkit (http://follettchallenge.com/promote.cfm) to get everyone in your school and community excited and dedicated to voting each day. It also means dreaming up new ways to encourage people to vote for your entry.

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To vote by email:
1. Select the video you want to vote for on the Follett Challenge website. Click “Vote with Email” button to the right of the video.
2. Enter your email address and click “Submit Your Vote!” button.
3. Check your email for the PIN. It doesn’t matter if you close the voting page.
4. Enter the PIN. You have 15 minutes and 3 attempts.
a. If you closed the voting page, you would follow steps 1 and 2 to see the PIN number field again. We won’t email you another PIN unless your current PIN has expired or you entered your PIN incorrectly 3 times.
b. Also, each time you come back to the voting page, your voting window is extended to 15 minutes from the current time.


We Are All Winners


Midnight tonight marks the close of submissions for another Follett Challenge. If you’ve submitted (or will in the next few hours) an entry, you’re probably as excited and filled with anticipation as we are.

Those schools submitting entries may be the ones who end up with generous prizes; however, each year at this time, the Follett Challenge team shares the same excitement and anticipation. We are winners when we get to read the stories, watch the videos, and learn what’s really happening in schools large and small all over the country.

With each entry, we’re reminded how forward thinking, passionate and dedicated today’s educators are in their pursuit of preparing students for life beyond the confines of school. We see small, rural schools using huge amounts of creativity and ingenuity to get students excited about learning. We learn of long-time librarians who have transformed their quiet buildings into bustling maker spaces that draw kids into learning before, during, and after school. And we see educators who imagine a richer society if each and every student participates in community service as a way of life.

Every entry tells a story that deserves to be shared, and reinforces what we already know—that educators are a uniquely dedicated breed, constantly striving to mold a better tomorrow for us all through the students they touch today.

Keep those entries coming—tonight, next year, or the following year, and keep innovating. We want to share your story, and we want to know how you accomplish what you set out to do. We’re all winners in the end.

Good luck to all entrants!