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Three county schools winners in national contest
Henry, Sontag and Snow Creek win Avery school supplies
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Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston: Robin Whitmer, principal of Henry Elementary, stands with students Elisabeth Myers and Evan Phillipe beside the school’s Avery contest banner.

Monday, October 8, 2012


Three elementary schools in Franklin County are among the top 30 winners in the third annual Avery Give Back to Schools online competition.

Avery Dennison's Office and Consumer Products Group announced the winners last week.

Henry Elementary took the second-place prize, while Sontag and Snow Creek came in ninth and 27th, respectively.

Henry Elementary won first-place in the national contest last year.

"This is an amazing contest," said Robin Whitmer, principal of Henry Elementary. "It requires a tremendous amount of commitment from everybody in the community. There's not a child here that won't tell you about their mama voting."

The top five schools, including Henry, earning the most online public votes will receive $10,000 worth of Avery school supplies, 25,000 bonus eBox Tops (a $2,500 value) and $1,000 in gift cards for teachers to purchase additional classroom supplies.

The next 25 schools with the most votes, including Sontag and Snow Creek, will receive 10,000 Bonus eBox Tops (a $1,000 value).

Online voting took place between May 7 and Sept. 14. Parents, teachers and the community were given the opportunity to go online to and vote for their favorite K-8 school. Anyone with an email address could vote daily for their favorite school, as long as only one vote per school per email address was cast.

"My parent volunteers are absolutely out of this world," said Whitmer. "Sabrina Greco (parent volunteer and helper) has some sort of contest idea going all the time."

According to Whitmer, the school still has supplies left over from last year's win. They received binders, divider tabs, post-it notes, glue sticks and highlighters.

"The $1000 gift cards are more for teacher use, so last year, they were used for new printers and electric pencil sharpeners for the classrooms," added Whitmer. "It's really been a school and community effort. We've been very fortunate."

Other county schools that participated in the contest were Boones Mill, Ferrum and Windy Gap.

For more information on the Box Tops for Education program, visit

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