Monday, September 13, 2010

Votes Needed to Help Two Fayette Teachers Win Makeovers

Your vote could make a huge difference in the lives of two teachers at Whitewater High.

Math teacher Jacqueline Mullen and healthcare science teacher Julie Wolf have been chosen to represent Whitewater in THE STYLE upGRADE challenge that is being sponsored by The Avenue and Cousins Properties. The two teachers are among 10 from metro-Atlanta participating.

As part of its ongoing Partners in Education initiatives, The Avenue partnered with Whitewater and four other high school marketing departments to treat two teachers to a style makeover valued at over $1,000.

A total of 21 students in Krystin Glover’s Advanced Marketing class have been working with the shopping center on the project. Teachers were asked to submit self-nomination applications, and then each one was interviewed by a panel of students from the class using pre-determined questions from The Avenue. In order to be considered for the competition, nominees had to be a teacher, administrator or counselor. The two finalists were chosen based on their dedication to students and the teaching profession, who was the most deserving, and their personal story (both suffer from debilitating diseases, Wolf with fibromyalgia and Mullen has phenylketonuria or PKU).

Now the real competition begins. The two winners will be chosen based on who receives the most community votes. The marketing students have started a grassroots marketing plan within the school system to secure online votes for the two teachers, but they need everyone’s help to ensure that both Mullen and Wolf emerge as the winners.

Voters can go to to vote as many times as they want from now until midnight September 20. Voters will also be entered to win their own STYLE upGRADE, a $250 gift card to The Avenue retailer of their choice. All winners will be announced the week of September 21 on The Avenue Facebook page,

The teachers are not the only ones who stand to benefit from this experience. The marketing students are getting an invaluable opportunity to practice their skills in a real world setting.

“This has put the students in the highest level of marketing by not only learning the information, but also having to implement their ideas in the real world,” says Glover, Advanced Marketing teacher.

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