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Ridgeland schools win $5,000 for creating new apps that help their community

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RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's no secret we use our phones for just about everything.  Students from Olde Towne Middle School are now getting into the action.  They won thousands of  dollars for developing a smart phone app to help their community in a variety of ways.

“It's stressful because every minute counts in the morning. "You want your child to be up to get on the bus on time,” said parent Jane Richardson.

Hundreds of Olde Towne Middle School students ride the school bus every day and waiting on them can be time consuming. Five 8th grade students are hoping to change that by using cell phones

“These students are very involved in our technology association," said Principal Tim Dowdy. "It is the Verizon innovative app challenge. They wanted to come up with other a inquire idea to help the students here."

The app is called Bus Wuz.

“It took a lot of hard work and dedication once we figured out what we wanted our app to be about," said app creator Claire Richert. "We took a student survey about how many kids were affected by this struggle.” 

The students said the app is simple to use.

“If you are at your house and you have the app, you can look at the app and it will tell you an estimate time of arrival," said app creator Nathan Morgan. "You can see what buses have the highest rate of being on time and other information like that.” 

The students won $5,000 in the state finals for their school and made it all the way to nationals before being defeated.

“Kids grow up with technology and they have great ideas, and I'm happy that he took one of the ideas and go with it,” added Principal Dowdy..

Ridgeland High also won $5,000 for its music app.

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