Kentucky’s Dixon Elementary School and Texas’ Little Cypress Junior High School Win Grand Prize in’s Second Annual Code-a-Thon Competition

More than 650,000 Students Around the World Participated to Develop Coding Skills Through Series of Digital Challenges
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More than 650,000 Students Around the World Participated to Develop Coding Skills Through Series of Digital Challenges

PORTLAND, Ore. – December 5, 2017 – Dixon Elementary School in Dixon, Kentucky, and Little Cypress Junior High School in Orange, Texas, are the grand prize winners in’s second annual Code-a-Thon, a global competition to introduce coding to elementary and middle school students. Code-a-Thon 2017 registrations topped 650,000, an increase of 164 percent from the competition’s inaugural year in 2016. Students who participated in the company’s competition, developed their coding skills through a series of increasingly difficult challenges. Dixon Elementary and Little Cypress Junior High will each receive 20 laptops and a free year-long subscription to’s award-winning digital literacy products, EasyTech and EasyCode.

Four 2017 Code-a-Thon runners up were also selected. They are:

•Playa del Rey Elementary School, Los Angeles;
•Winfield Middle School, Winfield, West Virginia;
•Patsy Sommer Elementary School, Round Rock, Texas; and
•Knox Gifted Academy, Chandler, Arizona.

Each runner up will receive a free class pack subscription to EasyTech and EasyCode for a year.

“We are honored to congratulate the winners of this year’s Code-a-Thon,” said CEO, Keith Oelrich. “During the week-long competition, it was amazing to see students and teachers around the globe complete the coding challenges and enthusiastically build coding skills that will prepare them for success in today’s digital economy.”

To participate in the 2017 Code-a-Thon, schools registered to receive free access to EasyTech and EasyCode. Between November 13-17, students coded their way through a series of challenges – each with increasing levels of difficulty – earning points for those successfully completed.

About is a national leader in providing digital literacy solutions that help prepare students for online assessments, school, college and their future careers. The company offers a complete digital literacy curriculum for grades K-8 that engages students as they develop critical skills such as keyboarding, business applications, online safety, computational thinking and coding. Founded in 1999, currently partners with one in six U.S. school districts and serves more than 4 million students each year. The company has earned more than 30 industry awards, including ISTE 2017 Best of Show, 2017 Award of Excellence from “Tech & Learning Magazine” and “The Oregonian’s Top Workplace” for 2017 and 2016.


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