Two Kentucky schools competing for $5,000 digital storytelling grants


Klondike Lane Elementary School (Jefferson County) and Monroe County Middle School have been selected as two of 30 semifinalists to receive $5,000 grants in the AT&T Digital Storytelling Challenge.

The schools’ projects were chosen from among 870 projects submitted to the challenge. All projects have been fully funded, and 10 winners will be selected from among the semifinalists through public voting to receive additional grants worth at least $5,000 to expand their projects.

Here are the two projects:

  • Klondike Lane Elementary School“My Story through My Mosaic,” submitted by Jill Byrd, a K-5 technology teacher, includes storytelling and Legos that will allow students to create a graduation present for students’ parents that includes a 20-by-30-inch Lego self-portrait mosaic and a story connected via QR code.
  • Monroe County Middle School“Storytelling and Robots = Bot Tales,” submitted by Nancy Holder, the school librarian, includes Lego robot kits and microphones that will allow students to write a creative story, create an obstacle course as the stage for their story and program a robot to navigate the stage while students narrate their tale.

There are two ways to vote to support these classes:

  • Text “Klondike” or “mcms” to 50555 from a mobile phone; or
  • Visit the public voting page and click on the school name of your choice.

Voting continues through May 11. Visit AT&T’s website for more information.