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Contest Puts Oregon Educators in the Spotlight

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 By Chris ThomasContact
January 28, 2008

Portland, OR – Lights, camera, action! If you're handy with a home video camera, a new contest in Oregon gives you a shot at some serious cash prizes. Amateur videographers are invited to submit short videos featuring an educator who has inspired them. Prizes in the "Working Wonders" competition range from $1,500 to $6,000.

Larry Wolf, president of the Oregon Education Association, says the video submissions should be no more than three minutes in length, and should highlight the work of a teacher or staff member employed by any Oregon public school or community college.

"There are so many great stories out there in public education that we never hear. The premise behind this was simply to try to get those stories out to the public, so people can see the great things happening in our public schools."

The deadline for "Working Wonders" submissions is March 31. The videos will be shown at the state teachers' convention in April and on the OEA website, where the public can vote to determine the winners. The grand prize is $6,000, which Wolf explains will be split three ways.

"If you're the maker of the video, you would get $2,000; the educator you highlighted would get $2,000; and the school would get $2,000 to use in any way. We're rewarding everyone involved in the process."

There are also $1,500 and $3,000 prizes. It's not exactly "American Idol," but it is a unique chance for filmmakers to show off, not only their own talents, but those of someone who has made a difference in their life.

Contest rules and entry forms are on the OEA Web site, www.oregoned.org.

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