(01/28/13) - It's a five-school, online battle to the finish. Flint's Durant Turi Mott Elementary is one of the top contenders in the Burpee Grow Anywhere Tour contest. DTM's Principal is hoping to make this a Mid-Michigan-wide effort.
"Some of you school districts that don't have school today, we have school today, so a little sympathy. Your homework for today is to vote for DTM," said Dan Berezny, Durant Turi Mott principal.
If DTM wins, the school will receive more than 1,000 pounds of vegetables, as well as hundreds and hundreds of vegetable plants to be used in it's educational garden and to be distributed throughout the neighborhood.
"I think this would be awesome for the community and a big shot in the arm for them," Berezny said.
The Crim Fitness Foundation is backing DTM's campaign.
"We're all about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles, and we really want people to understand how to grow their own food, and the importance of fresh produce," said Eric Lamb, of the Crim Fitness Foundation.
"DTM is the only Mid-Michigan school in the running for it. If we don't win, all of this produce and plants will be in Detroit. We're trying to bring it to Flint, though, because this is definitely a community that could use it," said Dennis Lackey of the Crim Fitness Foundation.
As of early Monday morning, DTM was in second place, trailing by a few hundreds votes. But as time ticked away, fortunes began to change.
"Hey! We're in the lead! 48 percent to their 47 now," Lackey said.
Voting runs through Mid-February, and you can vote as many times as you like.
"We want to keep going. It's not about how fast you come out and get in the lead. We have about three more weeks to go. It's a long way to go, and we just want to continue with this momentum all the way through," Berezny said.
For more information on the "Burpee Grow Anywhere" contest, and to vote for DTM, click HERE.
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