Arcadia Elementary School wins 'Schools Rule!' contest

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ARCADIA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Cathy Wozney thinks of each child in her fourth grade class at Arcadia Elementary School of as her own.

"The only time I have with them is when they're in 4th grade, and I want to do the very best I can for them," explains Wozney.

Cathy's class, much like the rest of the Arcadia School District, is deeply diverse.

More than half of the students in the district primarily speak Spanish, and are learning English for the very first time.

"Our school is quite diverse, over the last 10 years we've grown with our ELL population, which has been a blessing in disguise, we do face some challenges," says Principal Paul Halverson.

In Arcadia iPads serve as a critical tool for translation.

"The other day in an intervention block, some kids didn't know what a spring was, so we went online and showed them what a spring was because vocabulary is huge in our school."

And those of you who own an iPad know, they're not cheap.

That's why Cathy entered in our Schools Rule! contest, asking to win $3,000 in Box Tops for Education, courtesy of General Mills.

"Oh I'd never think I'd win, I never win at that stuff. But I thought it's worth a shot, and I teach my student's that, effort goes a long way."

In an emotional presentation on Tuesday, Gordy's Guru Matt Selvig and I were thrilled to present her with the prize!

"Our students are going to be able to learn from those iPads, they'll be able to translate English to Spanish, so it will be a great opportunity for them," explains Halverson.

"It's putting the world in their hands and that's how I look at it, some of these kids, and me included want to go see something, and why not have the opportunity? They can take that iPad and find out for themselves," explains Wozney.

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