Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Our School Needs" Contest Could Bring Funds to Your School

Would your school benefit from a $100,000 gift to use toward technology education? We know the answer to that. Thanks to Bing, you have a chance to bring the funds to your school! Microsoft’s search engine Bing is sponsoring a user-generated competition, “Our School Needs,” to bring money to public schools. Over the course of the competition—September 20 to October 22—Bing will donate a total $250,000 to schools, and the grand prize winning school will receive $100,000. Plus, an additional $900,000 will be donated to schools over the course of the competition by the non-profit DonorsChoose.org.

To enter the competition, students and teachers at K-12 schools submit an essay and photos that finish the sentence “Our School Needs _____.”

Check out the official Our School Needs website for complete details, but here are the basics:

September 20–October 22: Enter to Win
As individuals or groups, students or teachers create a contest entry that includes:
  • A written essay, 500 to 800 words, that finishes the sentence “Our School Needs _____.”
  • 3–5 photographs that finish the sentence “Our School Needs _____.”
  • (Optional) An original video, no longer than 3 minutes in length, that finishes the sentence “Our School Needs _____.”
While students are encouraged to create the entry, a parent or teacher must submit it.

October 22–26: Rate Submissions
Entries will be displayed online for anyone to see and rate. Top-rated entries will then be narrowed down to 15 finalists by a panel of judges.

October 27–November 5: Official Voting Period
Everyone can submit a vote once a day for their favorite submission, and the first 30,000 voters each day will receive a $3 donation from DonorsChoose.org to support a classroom project.

November 9: Winners Are Announced
Three first-prize schools will win a $50,000 prize, and the grand prize school will win $100,000.

Be sure to visit the official Our School Needs website to read more about the contest and get helpful tools for planning your submission.

Good luck!

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