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Creative Bridlewood Elementary 5th Graders Win National Contest

Ms. Sullivan’s students claim $1,500 prize from Popcorn Board.

BRID1An exciting letter recently popped into Kim Sullivan’s mailbox at Bridlewood Elementary. In fact, it was one worth $1,500.

The Popcorn Group, which is an organization based out of Chicago comprised of popcorn companies around the country, awarded Sullivan’s fifth grade English Language Arts class at Bridlewood Elementary one of its top prizes for the Popcorn Pep Club contest. The annual event is open to all schools in the United States from October to December and challenges classes to showcase their spirit and love for popcorn.

Sullivan’s students created a colorful, decorative turkey using kernels and popcorn to demonstrate its happiness and thankfulness during COVID-19. It measured approximately 2 feet tall by 2 feet wide and included phrases such as, “I am thankful for education,” and words like, “family,” “class,” and “nature.”

“Going through a pandemic is tough, but my students continued to see the good in the world by creating this project,” Sullivan said. “Being proud of them is an understatement. I am so amazed of their hard work, mindset and overall resilience to push through every single day.”

The 18 students spent about two weeks on the project.

“We especially enjoyed the class’s message about choosing to be happy and thankful,” Popcorn Group Marketing Manager Wendy Boersema Rappel said. “It was a fitting theme for the year, indeed.”

The students plan to use the funds to buy a class set of books, flexible seating options, fifth-grade shirts and if there is any left over, maybe celebrate with a class party. Popcorn will be included, of course.

To watch a video of the students at work on their project, click here. To learn more about The Popcorn Group, click here.