Indianapolis teacher selected as finalist for $100,000 grant; voting open through October

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- A Hoosier teacher is up for a large grant that will help children who need it most.

"I was just amazed how much the students wanted to be with you. Wanted to talk, wanted to learn," said Garden City Elementary School teacher Carrie Czarnecki.

Czarnecki has been changing the lives of students at the school for years.

Now, the Wayne Township special needs teacher can have an even bigger impact by helping hundreds of other students and teachers across Marion County. She is a finalist in the Thank America's Teachers Dream Big challenge.

"That's what was so exciting when we found out," she recalled. "What do you mean we're the only ones in Indiana?"

If she wins the grant, sponsored by Farmers Insurance, she could get $100,000 to provide free school supplies to teachers and students through a group called Teacher's Treasures, a non-profit organization that provides school supplies throughout central Indiana.

"If we can supply those supplies it takes away that burden; it takes that stress the students feel they don't feel like they have what they need," said Czarnecki.

She is up against 14 other finalists for the grant money. You can vote for her here through the end of October.

This video is part of her campaign to get votes on the contest's website:



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