ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – One Albuquerque teacher wants to use Xbox games to get her special needs students moving and only four other teachers across the country stand in her way from winning a $100,000 grant to make it happen.
Doris Merzweiler, an Albuquerque Public Schools physical education teacher, is one of five finalists in the Farmers Insurance “Thank America’s Teachers” contest. She submitted a proposal and she’s now in the running for the grant cash.
“My idea is to basically have the kids exercise every day for their wellness,” she said. “I only get to see them once a week for an hour.”
Merzweiler said, if she wins, the $100,000 would be spent on the technology.
“Just about 217 classrooms throughout Albuquerque Public Schools, that have high needs students, would receive the Xbox 360 Kinect,” she said.
Merzweiler, along with hundreds of teachers across the country, submitted proposals to win the $100,000 grant. All of the ideas are different and all of them are geared towards education. But Merzweiler believes her idea is a game changer.
“They can do cardio vascular fitness. They can work on their muscular skills. They can work on their sports skills and there are also relaxation techniques,” Merzweiler said.
She is trying to ensure her students are moving even when she’s not there.
“This $100,000 could be life changing for the students and teach them many life skills,” she said.
But Merzweiler needs the community’s help. The only way she can win is if people vote for her proposal.
Voting goes throughout October, and people can vote once every day. Merzweiler said as of right now her proposal is in fourth place.