Peggy Erickson is one of six teachers seeking votes in a nationwide contest for a $25,000 classroom makeover.
Erickson is a special education teacher at Kidder County Tappen School, Tappen, N.D. She shares her classroom with the school's second grade.
Erickson was named a finalist in the Expo Classroom Makeover Contest in February. As part of the application, she wrote a 100-word essay explaining why her classroom deserves the contest's reward.
"I would love to be able to walk into the room and get the feeling of cozy and warm not cluttered and crowded," Erickson said in the essay.
Expo supplies dry erase markers, boards and erasers -- items typically used in schools.
The second grade/special ed classroom in Tappen is split down the middle, Erickson said. Shelves, bookracks and an imaginary line divide one side from the other.
"You're kind of like, almost in a closet in here," Erickson said of the special education side.
Classroom updates for the winner vary. Some of them could include renovations like paint and flooring or equipment updates like new computers or lab materials.
Contest voting ends Sunday.
To vote in the Expo Classroom Makeover Contest, visit http://expoclassroommakeover.com/officedepot. Click on Vote Here.
Look for more information in Friday's Sun