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Follett Challenge Announces 2015 Winners Follett Drives Education Innovation with $200,000 in Awards to K-12 Schools; Recognizes Illinois Middle School with Grand Prize MCHENRY, Ill., April 30, 2015 – Follett Corporation today announced during a live webcast the winners of the fourth annual Follett Challenge, which empowers innovation and rewards ground-breaking educational programs. O'Neill Middle School in Downers Grove School District #58 in Downers Grove, Illinois, has been awarded the Grand Prize for its inventive multimedia program, Conquest of the Realm. The school will receive a $60,000 prize in Follett products and services. "Participating in the Follett Challenge solidified in my mind the significance of Conquest of the Realm – we've seen incredible results among students and it's evolved me into a better teacher and learner," said Tasha Squires, librarian/media specialist at O'Neill. "The kids play the game with such enthusiasm and it has notably enhanced our efforts to create a culture of reading and writing." Using the idea of gamification and a mythical-inspired theme, Conquest of the Realm divides students into one of four "houses," which compete against each other in challenges thatfocus on helping students improve literacy and develop 21 st -century skills. Students must work together to create their own works of literature, write reviews of books from Follett's online catalogue, Destiny Library Manager, and work with new technologies, among other tasks. "O'Neill has found a way to engage students and inspire a lifelong love of learning, and that is what Follett is all about and was a driving force for implementing the Challenge," said Tom Schenck, president of Follett School Solutions. "The game encourages new ways of teaching and helps kids develop critical skills for the Digital Age. Its success is supported not only by hard data, but by the passionate response it has garnered from students and teachers alike." In addition to the Grand Prize, Follett Challenge recognized two semifinalists – each will receive a $30,000 prize in Follett products and services. The semifinalists include: • Bluebonnet Elementary/Park Glen Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Tech Ninja initiative. • The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria/Queens in Astoria, New York, for the Intensives program.

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