Trista Fergerson is thankful for the community. The Dodge City High School broadcasting and speech teacher has entered into a video contest for a chance to win $5,000 for charity through Shelter Insurance.

According to Shelter Insurance agents Micheal Mariche and Jason Putnam of Dodge City, the contest is to show why you are thankful for your community. Participants could either submit an essay or a three- to five-minute video.

"The video contest was brought to me by Jason Putnam of Shelter Insurance," Fergerson said. "Jason sponsors Run for Autism 5K each year and he thought this would be a great opportunity to get some more donations for Run for Autism.

"Being that I am the video production teacher at DCHS, my students took this project on with me.

"I had several students interviewing people throughout town and shooting b-roll of the city that is featured in the video.

"It was great professional learning experience for those students."

Contestants will need to make the top 10 of voting results in order to qualify for one of the five $5,000 prizes.

The No. 1 overall vote-getter will automatically be declared one of the winners while a panel of judges will decide the other four based on the other nine top vote-getters.

If Fergerson is a winner, she has chosen Perfect Fit Foundation of SWK as her charity of choice.

According to Fergerson, Perfect Fit Foundation of SWK is a new foundation that is formerly known as Run for Autism.

"We decided to take our Run for Autism group and make it a legally recognized foundation with the government," she said. "Our goal is to raise funds for children in southwest Kansas with special needs.

"There are several items on our agenda of what we want to do with the funds, which will be coming to light in a short time."

Voting for the video is now through noon Monday, May 13, and can be found at www.shelterinsurance.com/thankful. Only one voter per IP address can be accepted.

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