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Andrews reads fine print, wins big

Donna Andrews, who works with Lamar County students at the College and Career Academy, is a stickler for detail who always reads the fine print. ‘I have a folder for everything,’ she notes. That attention for detail paid off big for Andrews, her students and their schools. For the past 25 years, Andrews and seven friends have traveled somewhere as a group. For their silver anniversary trip this year, they planned a trip to London. Being the careful type, Andrews bought travel insurance. Unlike 99.9% of the population, she actually read her policy and, on the last page, she found this sentence. ‘If you’ve read this far, then you are one of the very few Tin Leg customers to review all of their policy documentation.’ The sentence reminded Andrews of trick questions she embedded into her own exams. Further reading revealed Tin Leg, a Square Mouth company, had begun a top secret Pays to Read contest they allowed one year for someone to win. Andrews read on and won it in 23 hours. Needless to say, company officials were blown away. The original plan was to pay $10,000 to the winner and $10,000 to the Reading is Fundamental program. The company followed through with those pledges and added additional $5000 awards to both LCHS and Upson-Lee High School, where Andrews also works. Donna and her husband Mark were planning a special trip for Scotland for their 35th anniversary and to celebrate her upcoming retirement for which she applied one week before winning the contest. In mid-February, two spots on the Scotland trip opened up and Donna used her $10,000 to reserve their spots and pay for that adventure. Andrews’ keen eye for detail and quick victory in the contest have drawn national attention in the media and she was featured last week in The Washington Post.

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