Deadline passes as Minuteman seeks funds for rooftop garden

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UPDATED Oct. 17: Minuteman Regional Technical High School is a finalist to receive $20,000 from the "Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities" charitable giveaway contest from Saint-Gobain North America. Voting closed Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The funds would support a rooftop garden that would be developed and maintained by students in the horticulture and plant science career major. The garden would produce fruits and vegetables with the goal of donating many of the items to nonprofit organizations that help people experiencing food insecurity.

The Pennsylvania-based company has announced the 30 finalists in the giveaway, with a chance for schools to win donations totaling $250,000 in building materials and program materials to transform educational spaces after a public vote on the company’s social-media channels and the program’s website.

A total of nine winners will be awarded donations, one winner per category (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) per state, based on popular vote.

Gold winners will receive donations up to $50,000, Silver winners up to $20,000 and Bronze winners up to $10,000. Voting is open through Oct. 18 on the company’s FacebookLinkedIn and contest website. Any person can cast one vote per category, per state, each day on both of the company’s social-media channels.

“All of us are indebted to the educators in this country for their fearless and vital work, especially over the past couple of unprecedented years. We were so moved by the incredible requests for support we received from teachers and administrators across Georgia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and now we ask the public to help us identify opportunities to make donations,” said Mark Rayfield, chief executive officer of Saint-Gobain North America and CertainTeed, in a company news release. “The Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities program allows us the chance to make a true impact in educational spaces, inspiring innovation, creativity and learning in buildings that are well equipped, comfortable and sustainable environments.”

The finalists in Massachusetts that advanced to the public vote are below.

Gold Level Finalists – Winners will receive donations of up to $50K
Gardner High School, Gardner
Millbury Memorial Junior Senior High School, Millbury
Central Mass Collaborative, Worcester

Silver Level Finalists – Winners will receive donations of up to $20K
Minuteman Regional Vocational Tech High School, Lexington/Lincoln
Tantasqua Regional Vocational High School, Fiskdale
Assabet Valley Technical High School, Marlborough
North Bridge Middle School, Whitinsville

Bronze Level Finalists – Winners will receive donations of up to $10K
North Brookfield High School, North Brookfield
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School, Fitchburg
Assabet Valley Technical High School, Marlborough
Leicester High School, Leicester

For complete contest rules, voting information, and program details, click here >>

Aug. 2, 2022: 23 adult students, 4 from Arlington, complete programs at Minuteman Technical Institute

This news announcement was published Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, based on information from Julia DePaul on behalf of Saint-Gobain North America, and updated Oct. 17, 2022, and Oct. 19, 2022.

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