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'Doodle 4 Google' contest leads to a tech win for Missouri district


Third-grader Makenzie Melton's artistry will ensure that students in her Missouri school district will have access to scores of top-quality recertified computers from CDI.

Melton was the national winner of the "Doodle 4 Google" competition this spring, which encouraged K12 students to transform Google's iconic logo to fit the theme "If I Could Do Anything, I Would ...." Melton, a 9-year-old student at El Dorado Springs R-2 Schools in El Dorado Springs, Mo., drew a rainforest habitat. Her design was chosen out of 33,000 selections and displayed on Google's home page on May 27.

As the overall winner, Melton collected a $15,000 college scholarship and a netbook computer, and her school district picked up a $25,000 technology grant from Google. With Melton's input, the money is to be divided up equally between the district's elementary school, middle school and high school, as well as its special education and gifted and talented programs.

"We felt like it was something we wanted to spread throughout the school," said Barbara Walsh, who runs El Dorado Springs' gifted and talented program, of which Makenzie is a member.

Melton and school officials chose CDI so they could maximize the impact of the grant. The money will pay for 64 computers, plus related equipment including interactive whiteboards, rolling carts and the like.

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