Whatcom Middle School has won the national NBC School Pride online contest for a new computer lab.
The announcement was made live Wednesday morning, Dec. 1, at Shuksan Middle School, where some former Whatcom students and staff have been relocated while the burned school is rebuilt.
Five schools across the country were competing for 25 computers and $2,500. Whatcom received the most online votes during November.
The computers will arrive next week. The computers will be split among Fairhaven Middle School, Geneva Elementary School and Shuksan — the schools where Whatcom students are currently enrolled until Whatcom is rebuilt, then the computers will move to the school.
“We’re spreading the wealth,” Jeff Coulter, planning principal for Whatcom, said during the webcast. “It went viral within the community. … It was a big community effort.”
Thanks to Whatcom PTSA co-presidents Kerrie Zerba and Wendy Albrecht who entered Whatcom into the contest.