Six schools named Follett Challenge winners

The second Follett Challenge contest has awarded $200,000 in Follett products and services to innovative K-12 schools that are aligning their curriculum to teach 21st century learning skills. The advocacy contest challenged entrants to incorporate four skills – critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration – into their video and written entries and then promote their entry in their communities to earn votes.

The dual grand-prize honors went to Maplewood Richmond Heights School District in St. Louis, Mo., and Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, Calif. Follett will award $60,000 in products and services to each school and will throw a party for the two grand-prize winners at their respective schools.

The six Follett Challenge winners are (school, district, location, entry name, contest prize):

Grand Prize #1: Maplewood Richmond Heights School District; St. Louis, Mo.; “Cornerstone Transforms the Library into the R&D”; $60,000.

Grand Prize #2: Henry M. Gunn High School; Palo Alto Unified School District; Palo Alto, Calif.; “Voices from the Idea Lab”; $60,000.

Third Place: Berwick Academy; South Berwick, Maine; “Jackson Library - Berwick Innovation Center”; $35,000.

Fourth Place: Goochland High School; Goochland County Public Schools; Goochland, Va.; “Not Grandma's Library”; $25,000.

Fifth Place: Seneca High School; Lenape Regional High School District; Tabernacle, N.J.; “How One Book Caught Fire: Seneca's One Book/One School Experience”; $15,000.

Sixth Place (People’s Choice Video 26,369 votes): Mary E. Griswold Elementary School; Berlin Public Schools Kensington, Conn.; Berlin Public Schools; Mary E. Griswold Elementary School Library; $5,000.

For more information on the Follett Challenge, visit