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You Can Vote To Help Curie High School Win $50,000 To Revamp Its Theater

Chicagoans can vote through Sunday to help Curie win $50,000 from the World's Best School Prizes.

Curie High School's Local School Council held a special meeting Thursday to have officials address school safety concerns.
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ARCHER HEIGHTS — Curie High School is a finalist for a $50,000 prize — and Chicagoans can vote to help the school win.

Curie is a finalist for the World’s Best School Prizes, given out by London-based company T4 Education in partnership with charities from around the globe, according to a news release.

Curie is competing in the Supporting Healthy Lives category. If the school wins, it will use the funds to rebuild its theater, according to the news release. People can cast their votes until Sunday here.

Larrakeyah Primary School in Australia and the London Academy of Excellence in England are competing in the same category as Curie.

A review panel of educators will consider the voting results and then make a decision based on certain criteria.

Curie was selected for the contest because it has programs that support students dealing with poverty and violence in their neighborhoods, according to a promotional video.

The school has a behavioral health team of counselors, teachers and social workers familiar with the circumstances their students grow up in, and Curie’s discipline team “believes in restorative justice” and is often not punitive, Principal Homero Peñuelas said in the video.

Curie offers art enrichment programs, including a music department, a dance department and a visual arts studio, “to address every child that walks through the door,” Artistic Director Melinda Wilson said in the video.

“It enables every single person to deal with their situations no matter what they are,” Wilson said. “They learn to succeed. They learn they’re a part of a community.” 

There are five categories in the contest, and the five winners will split a prize of $250,000, according to the news release.

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