Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Our School Needs!

I think that schools in most areas have faced stringent cutbacks this school year. Some schools in our area have cut back severely with reductions in teachers salaries, volunteer based or staff substitute teachers, drastic reductions in paper usage, and requiring teachers to provide their own ink for the printers in their classrooms. My youngest son is in kindergarten, and they are not using the computer lab as my older two children did, which I was told was due to a lack of computer access and instruction for each child. Several of my neighbors work in our local school district, and I know they were shopping for the extra school supplies they anticipated needing in their classrooms. Other mothers I know used their rebates and gift cards from local supply stores to donate to teachers to purchase ink and other more expensive supplies.

Bing has set up a contest to donate money to FOUR schools across America. They are donating $50,000 to three First Prize Winners, and $100,000 to one Grand Prize Winner. "Schools will be broken out into 3 categories, K-6, 7-9 and 10-12. The top-voted entry in each category will be awarded a first prize of $50,000. The entry that receives the largest number of overall votes during the voting phase will receive the grand prize of $100,000." Any teacher or student from any K-12 school can enter, though if the applicant is under age 18, the parent, teacher, or legal guardian must be the one to actually submit the entry. To enter, you need to do just a couple of things.
  1. Write an essay of 500-800 words on what your school needs and what how the money would be used if you won.
  2. Take between 3-5 pictures of your school, classroom, students and teacher, etc to show Bing who would be benefiting from the prize
  3. You are also allowed to make a video to send in. It is not required, but if you choose to make one, be sure that it doesn't go over 3 minutes in length!
A more comprehensive detail of how to enter can be found on the Bing website. They were also kind enough to make a Video to help explain the submission process. The website also offers a how to enter kit, and how to promote your entry kit for the next phase of the competition.

Time is also of the essence here! The LAST DAY TO ENTER IS OCTOBER 22, as the voting phase will begin on Oct 27. Please be sure to pass this along to your local school and any teachers that you might know!

"I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Bing and received a DonorsChoose.org giving code and gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate."

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