Monday, November 1, 2010

Our School Needs: Your Votes Count!

Finalists have been chosen for the Our School Needs contest at Bing, and your votes will determine the winners!  Voting is open through Sunday November 7, and you can vote for up to FIVE (5) different entries daily.

The competition, designed to create awareness of the needs of schools across the country, asked teachers and students to answer the question "What does your school need?" Four schools will each win a share of $250,000 in prize money ($100k grand prize plus $50k for each of three first prizes). In addition, the first 30,000 people who vote each day will receive a DonorsChoose.org donation code valued at $3.00 that can be applied to the classroom project of their choice.

I don't have firsthand knowledge of the financial challenges that schools are facing in this economy. However, I've heard about many cases of teachers purchasing classroom supplies out of pocket and schools asking parents to contribute everything from crayons to cash. I think it's great that Bing is stepping up to help.

To vote, visit the Our School Needs contest page and check out the finalists' videos.  As an avid reader and a science geek, I especially liked the videos for the schools that are coping with a tiny outdated library and a seriously under-equipped science lab.  But if your heart is for the arts, technology, conservation, or something else, you'll likely find a finalist with a related project.  So go vote for your favorites!

Josh Groban autographs
shown: Singer Josh Groban, who visited a local middle school in Queens, NY, to drop off brand-new musical instruments and participate in chorus class as part of the Our School Needs campaign kick-off

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

2 comments :

  1. it is so good that some schools will get help

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  2. This is wonderful! My sister is PTA of her school and I am always shocked at what is not covered!

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