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Local teacher among finalist for $100,000 'Dream Big' grant

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A local teacher is now one step closer to winning a $100,000 grant for her school.

Stevenson Middle School's Trish Morgan is one of 15 finalist selected for the Farmers Insurance: Dream Big Teacher's Challenge. The program awards grants to five select teachers from across the country, each year. Morgan is the first and, so far, the only educator from Hawaii to become a finalist.

"I'm so passionate that my students have access to new technology, so it'd be a huge dream come true," Morgan said.

Morgan helps run the school's new Science & Technology Center, 'maker space,' but says the program's budget is limited.

"Right now with the low budget that we have we're opening our doors just before school hours, just three days a week from 7-8. We open up the doors as a first come first serve basis and actually lately it's been standing room only," she said. "We made this space.. it's pretty cool, but I mean everything you see is what we have out. We have one busted 3D printer.. we have about five refurbished iMACs that were trying to make the best use of," Morgan said.

If awarded the funds, she says wants to build an "Innovative Invention Imaginarium," with the latest technology and tools for students to learn how to develop 21st century skills, coding and video game design to programming and electronics.

"We just want to expand it and take it to the next level and the $100,000 would just do so much for our kids and our community," Stevenson Middle School's principal, Linell Dilwith said.

The public can vote daily until the end of October. To find out how, visit the As Seen on Island News section of our website. 

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