SCHOHARIE - While students in the Schoharie School District enjoy winter break this week, they'll be working to "get out the vote."
The district is among 12 finalists in a national competition sponsored by Samsung. The grand prize winner receives $100,000 in new technology for its school.
"This will mean day and night difference for our students, trying to be competitive," said English teacher Amie Hausmann.
The district is desperate for new computer equipment and a morale boost after Tropical Storm Irene plowed into the village.
Hausmann lost her home during Irene in August 2011. She understood the loss so many of her students were going through.
Six months later, the village is recovering. The disaster has proved to be a teaching moment in her classroom every day since.