West Middle School class wins $20,000 to fund project to help homeless

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A Colorado Springs math class is being recognized as the best in the state for its project to help the homeless. 

Mr. Hutcherson’s class at West Middle School will receive $20,000 in technology for their proposal to help a growing problem. Hutcherson and his math students were tasked with Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest. Their plan addresses homelessness by developing an interactive communications board, like a kiosk, that is easily accessible to the homeless population. It will give them information about the nearest bus routes, shelters, libraries, and more. 

Hutcherson said his classroom was all in from the start, and that’s grown to an eighth of the school getting involved. 

“In my own classroom, they seem to even be more excited about something like this, because it’s a real-world problem that they feel that they could do something about,” Hutcherson said. “Kids do great in my class when it comes to math, but when they realized they could actually do something that mattered, it was a completely different level of enthusiasm.” 

The class will have until mid-February to compete for the national prize. They will document their journey in a three-minute video to submit for a chance to win $50,000 to $100,000 in technology prizes. 

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