Send a STAR to the Olympics!

Via the DEN Forums

Linda Bilak, STAR Discovery Educator, is in the running to carry the Olympic Torch for the 2008 Olympics! Here’s the details:

I entered an essay in the Lenovo “New Thinkers” for the New World competition. My essay explained how I am teaching students Spanish by bringing the world to them on my laptop. They are selecting 3 people to carry the Olympic Torch in the relay in Beijing prior to the 2008 Olympic games … The top three videos win this amazing opportunity … I have been a Star Discovery Educator since 2005. I would be PROUD to represent all new thinking innovative teachers like the DEN!

Right now, she is currently in third place, so if the contest ended today, she would be one of the three winners! However, there’s still quite a bit of time left in the contest, so she needs your help. Click here to watch Linda’s video and vote for her.

Let’s do everything we can do make sure she makes it to Beijing. Ask your colleagues, family and friends to vote for her the Chicago way: early and often! Voting will continue through October 24th, so keep coming back and keep voting.


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  1. Linda Bilak said:

    I NEED MORE VOTES to secure a spot.
    You can vote every day….. email this to as many people as you can. The contest deadline may be extended since they moved the contest to a different server and had MAJOR problems with it for about 12 hours.
    Keep it bookmarked- I want to be able to blog all about the experience for all of you.
    Thanks for being a very supportive community of extraordinary educators!

  2. Linda Bilak said:

    Voting ended on 10/31/07(my birthday!)
    They are tallying the votes-
    if adjustments are made for spamming votes
    (unsportsmanlike conduct) I may have a small shot at the third place slot. Keep your fingers crossed! Notification is on 11/12/07.
    I will post the results.
    Thanks for your many votes and good wishes
    Linda Bilak

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