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TSD Announces Winners of "Thompson Kids Can Change the World" Contest

Thompson School District is pleased to announce the winners of this year's "Thompson Kids Can Change the World" contest, which recognizes students who are making a positive difference in their community.  A special "Thank You" goes out to all of the students who submitted applications in this year's contest. Each winner will receive up to $250 in supplies and materials to help make their plans a reality. More information on their projects will be released as they are completed.

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Lauren Dietz

K-5th Grade Winner
Lauren Dietz – 5th Grade
New Vision Charter School

Lauren Dietz noticed how the COVID-19 pandemic had created a greater need for food support within the community.  She decided that a community garden could provide food for those in need, while also teaching people the skills that would enable them to thrive and assist others in the future.  Lauren created a plan to build a community garden with the guidance of community partners. 

Lauren said, “If you teach somebody how to grow plants, then the people who learn can share their knowledge with other people.  It will help change the world.”      

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Kelly Clingan

6th-12th Grade Winner
Kelly Clingan - 11th Grade
Thompson Valley High School

Kelly Clingan feels fortunate to interact with students from a wide range of backgrounds and was inspired to eliminate stigmas surrounding various student populations.  Former Thompson Valley High School student Johnathan Walker had started the Thompson Valley Clothes Closet to provide students in need with nice clothes in a comfortable environment.  Kelly saw the success of the Closet, but also realized the challenges that arose to sustain, improve and expand it.  She created a plan to address those needs through implementing inventories, organizational processes and a website to better manage the service and make it more accessible to students.

She believes this assistance can help unite students and create a positive change in the community. “My goal is to help break down barriers and boost their self-confidence,” said Kelly. 

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For more information, please contact Michael Hausmann, Thompson School District Public Information Officer, at 970-613-5011 or via email at michael.hausmann@thompsonschools.org.