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South Georgia teacher campaigns for Pepsi grant

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email  
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –A south Georgia teacher is in the running for a $50,000 grant from Pepsi.

The Pepsi Refresh Project is awarding more than a million dollars each month to people with refreshing ideas to make a difference.

A Valdosta High School French teacher hopes to be one of the lucky winners so she can get more students excited about foreign languages at a young age.

Pamela Hubert teaches French at the high school level, but her goal is to get students interested in foreign language as early as kindergarten.

 "What we want is for them is to actually be eager to sign up and to have some knowledge if they want French or it they want Spanish that way they'll learn more and enjoy it and remember it," said Hubert.

She says it will improve their cognitive skills and help them succeed in math and science.

"So whether they are going to be able to speak the language, almost isn't as important, just learning it get their brain ready for the other things they need in life," said Hubert.

The grant money would be used to purchase books with cassettes children are familiar with like Amelia Bedelia and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

"We are going to give one French and one Spanish book to every single kindergartener in our system," said Hubert. "So in the grant, we have set aside $30,000 just for books."

Middle and high school foreign language students would also get copies of the books and cassettes so they could visit the kindergarten children and help get them interested. The grant would also cover new computers for the high school and middle school foreign language classrooms for students to record and publish their own children's books.

And she needs your vote!

"The only way we can get it is voting," said Hubert.

So get online and help her make it happen.

Voting ends Tuesday.

If Pamela Hubert gets enough votes to get in the top ten, she'll be awarded the $50,000 grant.

Click here and type in Valdosta to vote.

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