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LaFayette-Lanier competes in statewide toy competition

ATLANTA – Fifth-grade students from LaFayette Lanier Elementary School were among hundreds of participants from school districts across Alabama and Georgia that participated in Thursday’s KIA Jet Toy competition in Atlanta.

The school’s entry was a smooth-running, balloon-powered vehicle that performed well against models created by their peers.

“I am so incredibly proud of our fifth graders,” LaFayette Lanier science teacher Julie Clark said. “They have worked so hard the past few weeks preparing for this competition. They have impressed me with their teamwork, dedication, and creativity. I’m so thankful for each of them and honored to be their teacher.”

The competition was part of the AWIM (A World In Motion) program created by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia to showcase the knowledge acquired by students through the STEM curriculums at their local schools.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to prepare a workforce for the future by engaging (students) in hands-on activities, learning how to problem solve,” said Stuart Countess, Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President with KMMG.