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Lisa Schencker has covered K-12 education for The Salt Lake Tribune since 2007. Before that, she covered education in California and communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. As an education reporter, she visits classrooms and talks with teachers, parents, kids and policymakers.

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Utah schools seek grants, vote for your favorite
Several Utah schools and groups are seeking Pepsi Refresh Project grants for education-related projects. And whichever gets the most votes online could win thousands of dollars to implement their ideas. To vote go here. Here are the Utah education-related projects in the running:

— Highland Elementary in the Alpine District wants $5,000 to replace disposable school lunch trays with reusable ones to help the environment and save money.

— Oakridge School in the Nebo School District, which serves students ages 5-22 with severe developmental disabilities, is seeking $50,000 to enhance the quality of life for students with severe disabilities. "The project we are proposing is directed toward providing an enrichment program where we will involve parents/guardians, family, friends, and volunteers from the community. We will provide training for these people in how to communicate and build relationships with our students and with others who share similar disabilities," Lana Hiskey, the district's public information officer wrote in an e-mail.

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— FACES of Youth, which works with kids in Salt Lake City's homeless shelters, transitional housing and schools "to provide access to activities and adventures inaccessible to them" is seeking $50,000 to help offer art, recreation and education to homeless and low-income teenagers.

— The Southwest Green Building Council is seeking $25,000 to help promote sustainable living, including through community education and outreach.

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