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Pueblo High School wins $15,000, Safford wins $3,000 from Bookman's

Posted March 4, 2014

Pueblo Magnet High School shared some great news with students and faculty on Tuesday: The school won the grand prize of $15,000 in the Bookman's School Challenge.

Principal Vivi Watt said the prize money will be used to furnish and decorate the school's cyber café, called the "Sí Se Puede Café." The phrase "Sí Se Puede," which translates to "Yes, You Can" in English, is the school's motto.

The school purchased 15 computers for the café last year, but the room has no furnishings and needs a paint job.

The café is open to Pueblo students who make the honor roll with a grade point average of 3.5 and above or have made the Principal's List (3.0 grade point average with five or fewer absences in the previous semester). Students who receive Winning Warrior cards in the Pueblo Pride Behavior Modification Program can also use the café by redeeming their cards for 30 minutes in the center.

The Bookman's School Challenge is a statewide contest designed to highlight positive things happening at Arizona's schools. The contest consisted of three phases: An application, a video submission with Facebook voting and a school visit.

Watt said she thinks several factors helped Pueblo win the prize. One is need; another is the involvement of the community. "They've been to other schools where administrators do the tours," she said. "Here, our students took them around and alumni were here."

Safford K-8 Magnet International Baccalaureate World School was a finalist in the contest and won $3,000.

Photo of School Challenge Award