UPDATE: Gallup school in lead of national contest

Posted at: 10/23/2012 8:05 PM
Updated at: 10/24/2012 6:33 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News

We are down to the wire now in the election season. There is one election right now, where you can vote more than once. In fact, it's encouraged. A school in Gallup is asking for your votes to help them tranform their school.

Gallup's Jefferson Elementary School is in the lead of a national contest being presented by Glidden. If the school wins, it would mean 200 gallons of fresh paint for the nearly sixty-year-old school. From what we saw, it won't be hard to find places that can use it. 4th grader Hannah Torres thought they could use the help. "Our paint is starting to get old and it's starting to come off, so we need the paint."

The School's principal, Kim Orr, likes their chances after climbing back into the top spot. "It's been kind of a source of pride for the community. It's getting to be more about gallup pride and educators around the state helping us out."

Orr says winning the contest would mean more than just the paint. She thinks it would bring some much needed hope to the whole community. where ninety percent of the kids are on free or reduced lunch. "It would free up our resources to be spent on things other than the appearance of out building. things for the classrooms that kids can lay their hands on." There's no shortage of ideas on what to do with the resources if they win the contest.

Orr says it couldn't be much easier. "All it takes is ten seconds to get on and click. No one has to pay more taxes or commit anything other than ten seconds to get on the computer and click for us."

The contest goes through midnight Friday October 26. You can help the school by voting for them as often as you like.

Click here to enter the contest.