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State Treasurer/MSBA Wants Feedback On “The Ideal School” From Westford First Graders

Although Westford isn’t likely to get any more schools after a spate of new ones built around the turn of the 21st century, that doesn’t mean Westford’s children can’t dream about what their ideal school would look like.

The Massachusetts State Treasurer Deb Goldberg and Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) CEO Maureen Valente are seeking submissions in the 2016 “My Ideal School” contest.

Now in its tenth year, the contest’s goal is to promote discussion among students and teachers as to how thoughtful design and construction of schools in Massachusetts support student engagement and 21st century learning.

“Each year I look forward to judging the ‘My Ideal School’ contest,” said Goldberg. “Our hope is to hear from as many first-graders from every corner of the state, as possible!”

This contest is open to all first-grade students currently attending a Massachusetts public school. Students should include both an illustration of their ideal school and a short essay outlining three things they love about their school. Contest submissions must be received by April 29, 2016 for consideration.

Regional winners will receive a prize from Santander Bank, and a grand prize winner will have their work featured on the next MSBA Annual Report.

For more information on the “My Ideal School” is available at the MSBA website.