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OKLAHOMA CITY – If Cheryl Brouwer was awarded $1,490.00, she would provide textbooks for all of her students.

The essay Brouwer wrote about her classroom’s need for school supplies was chosen as one of 10 grand prize winners in the Orange Julius “Treat for Teachers Essay Contest.”

The Dairy Queen system asked teachers throughout the U.S. to submit an essay in 149 words or less on why their classroom deserves new school supplies. More than 1,500 entries were submitted and 10 grand prize winners were named. An additional 100 teachers received a $149 gift card to an office supply store.

As a grand prize winner, Oklahoma City teacher Brouwer received $1,490.00 for the purchase of school supplies for her classroom.

In her essay, Brouwer, who teaches 6th grade at Rockwood  Elementary School, cites that her students have to share supplies such as paper, pencils and textbooks. “I have to make copies of the lessons for students who don’t have the (text)book. I want my kids to have what they need for the education they deserve,” her essay states.

All entries were judged on content, essay development/organization, relevance to theme and creativity/originality.