Vote for Wright Middle in a Titans-Colts school showdown

The Titans and the Colts aren't the only ones competing this Thursday. Wright Middle School is pitted against a magnet school in Indiana for a $1,000 grant. The NFL PLAY 60 Showdown happens every week for Thursday Night Football. Voting for the Week 11 showdown between the Colts and the Titans is underway now and goes through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. The proposal with the most votes will receive full funding up to $1,000 from NFL PLAY 60, and the proposal that finishes second will receive half funding up to $500.

Jennifer Dillingham, now in her fifth year as a math teacher and sixth overall at Wright, submitted a wish list of jump ropes, footballs, soccer balls and basketballs.

“I was involved in athletics through my church and also did cheerleading and color guard at Kirby High School in Memphis,” said Dillingham.  “A lot of our students here at Wright are very high energy and our P.E. department’s equipment isn’t up to par for what we’d like. PE is a great outlet for the students to burn off a lot of that extra energy so that when they come to my class, they are more focused on their core subject.”

When the competition came to Nashville last season, Kirkpatrick Elementary School defeated a school from Pittsburgh.

“It’s great for our students to be the focus of this program,” added Dillingham.  “I know about the NFL’s PLAY 60 program  and this seems to fall in line with that initiative!  Our PE teachers had no idea I was submitting this and they will be thrilled to know about it.  One of our PE teachers (Judy Philpot) sent out an email informing us of the program but she didn’t know I was submitting one in hopes of getting her better PE equipment!”

“Being physically healthy and active empowers the students to be academically in tuned and learn what they need to in order to have the energy to sustain them for the entire day,” said Larry Baskin, Assistant Principal.  “The ability to be active is a big part of their day and makes them better students.”

“I had the opportunity to visit Ms. Dillingham’s classroom and also met Larry Baskin and learned about their student body, and know that Wright Middle will be a great Titans representative in this NFL Showdown,” said Bob Hyde, Titans VP-Community Relations. “Wright Middle features a wide range of international students who speak 27 different languages.  We want to encourage everyone to cast their vote often as rules of the ‘Showdown’ allow votes to be cast hourly, giving us the chance to show our support for the Wright program many times over between Saturday and next Thursday’s deadline!”

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