Kent parents can help repaint Franklin Elementary School with a simple click of their computer mouse.
Glidden Paint selected the Kent elementary school out of several hundred nominations to be in its top five for Glidden's "Colorful Classrooms Contest."
Voting starts online Monday. If Franklin Elementary wins, the school could get up to 200 gallons of paint applied to walls inside the building completely free of charge.
Todd Poole, principal at Franklin Elementary, said the building is the oldest in the school district that hasn't seen a renovation.
"I've been looking at research and been to a few conferences lately where they talked about adding color to a building to stimulate learning," Poole said. "From that perspective, I know teachers are on board with that and would like to do it. The problem is the funding and having somebody actually do the painting. This contest provides all the paint and they hire the crew that comes in to do the painting."
The five semifinalists’ applications, including Franklin's, will be placed on glidden.com for public voting between Monday, Oct. 8, and Oct. 26. The winner will be notified on Oct. 29.
Franklin was chosen after four staff members at the school worked to submit a nomination.
“The Glidden brand recognizes the difficulty that some schools face in finding funds within their operating budget to do simple maintenance-related projects like painting,” said Rob Horton, vice president of marketing for Akzo Nobel Paints LLC, the makers of Glidden paint. “That’s where we can help."