Russell and Megan “high five” after completing their Hour of Code.

Coding Commitment Wins $10,000 for Orchard

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Thursday December 18, 2014

Last year, the Hour of Code made history. In one week, 15 million students tried computer science. This year, in Vermont, 212 schools participated in Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14). Seventy-seven of these schools offered coding instruction to their entire student body! Orchard School had 100 percent participation in the Hour of Code last year, and yet again this year. They were a part of the largest education event in history!

Due to their commitment to participate as an entire school, Orchard School was chosen as the only school in Vermont to win $10,000 worth of computer equipment from On Friday, December 12, excited students were informed of the award at an all school assembly. This event was live streamed through a Google Hangout. The video may be accessed at  More information about the Hour of Code may be found at‚Äč.

Donna Sullivan-Macdonald is Teacher Librarian and Technology Integrationist at Orchard School.

SOURCE: Donna Sullivan-MacDonald, Guest Contributor