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Shawnee school needs your vote to upgrade their decade-old computers

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An entire school in Kansas City is faced with having to use computers made nearly a decade ago and they're hoping that by winning a national contest they'll be able to change that.

At Prairie Ridge Elementary in Shawnee, KS, in most cases, the computers are older than the students. Some days the computers break down, other days they don't work. To put it another way, the technology they have is basically the great-grandparent to today's iPad.

Students at Prairie Ridge are willing to chant, dance, even flash mob to convince their community to vote for their school in the Clorox Power a Bright Future contest to buy new computers and smart boards to help them learn.

The idea of possibly getting new computers even caused one student to forget something he normally wouldn't.

"L-U-C-A-S-O-N. Wait! I don't know how to spell my name," Lucas Porras said when asked his first name.

The school's Parent Teacher Association members and teachers are joining the campaign to get people to vote twice a day online and by text.

"Please, please, please vote daily. It only takes a few minutes and our kids need this," teacher Denise Porras said.

The computers at Prairie Ridge are nine years old and are barely holding on.

"We want to put more technology in their (the students') hands. There are batteries that aren't running as fast as they used to and parts that are starting to come off," Principal Michelle Hite said of what the school is currently working with.

The school with the most votes in the Clorox Power a Bright Future contest gets a $50,000 grant.

"I would be so happy I would jump up and down. I'd dance," student Tynee Leggett said he would do if he found out his school won. "I would jump up and down and dance."

Another student said he'd be really excited if they got the money for new computers, but he made sure to say he wouldn't dance.

There will be a total of seven grants given away this year. Four of them will be based on votes and three are based on judge's pick. The nomination with the most votes overall will receive a $50,000 grant. The nominations with the most votes in each category will each receive a $25,000 grant.

Prairie Ridge was in first place, but recently dropped to second.

To vote for Prairie Ridge Elementary text 1044pbf to 95248 or go to to vote online.

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