Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bing "Our School Needs" Contest

As a parent with four school-age children, I am certainly aware of the budget restraints and cutbacks that most of our schools face. I have seen firsthand how my own childrens' schools try and make due with less money for books, supplies, and equipment. Our schools heavily rely on fundraisers and other PTO sponsored activites to bring in extra funds. When I learned about the Bing "Our School Needs" contest, I knew that I had to share the details...

Bing is sponsoring a user-generated content competition that will identify and fulfill the dreams of four schools: one grand prize winner and three first prize schools. Bing will give up to a million dollars in prizes and donations to schools in need!

Every child deserves a great education. Bing enthusiastically supports the teachers, educators and parents who make it happen with products, programs and donations that help provide a great learning environment. This competition is a great opportunity to let teachers and students show everyone through essays, photographs and videos (optional) what they think their schools needs the most.

There will be three categories: grades k-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The overall grand prize winning school will receive $100,000 and each category will have a first prize of $50,000.

What To Do
Students can work in groups, classes, or even school-wide to write an essay and take pictures finishing the sentence "Our School Needs: ___________."

To enter:
•Write an essay (500 to 800 words)
•Take pictures (3 to 5 photos)
•Film a video (not required, but fun! Maximum of 3 minutes in length)

Who Can Enter
Any student or teacher from a K-12 school can enter. While students under 18 are encouraged to create the entry, a parent, legal guardian or a teacher must submit it.

Entries may be submitted from now until Friday, October 22

Entries are made available online for everyone to view and rate. Top rated submissions and top editors picks will be turned over to a distinguished panel of judges who will determine the finalists. Winners will be announced Tuesday, November 9

For more details about the Bing "What Our School Needs" contest, please visit the Bing site

Also, check out this Bing video which helps explain the submission process

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


blueviolet said...

Holy cow! That kind of money can do wonders for a school. Fabulous!

septembermom said...

That would be an amazing way to boost a school's budget in so many ways.