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Help Your School Win $20,000 in the “America’s Favorite School” Contest

Help Your School Win $20,000 in the “America’s Favorite School” Contest

What determines a great school?  You tell us…by nominating your favorite school in the “America’s Favorite School” contest, co-sponsored by Care2.com and GreatSchools.org.  Your great school could win $20,000.

The contest, which runs from April 12 – May 21, is free and open to everyone: parents, teachers, students, administrators and community members.  The purpose of the contest, in addition to rewarding a great school with recognition and funding, is to encourage communities to rally in support of their schools and to draw attention to the many schools across our nation that work. 

The more votes a school receives, the better that school’s chances of winning.  Here are four easy ways to get the word out and get people to vote for your chosen school (all of the material referenced can be downloaded here.) .

1. Send an email to your friends and networks asking them to vote for your school. Copy a sample email (page 2). If you are involved in a parent or community organization with a newsletter, be sure to feature the contest and invite your readers to vote.

2. Talk about the contest on your website, blog, Facebook or MySpace pages and/or Twitter. Better yet, also add a banner. Ask your friends and family to do the same to support your school. You can also make a YouTube video to tell people why your school is the greatest. If you play online games, share the news with your community. Be creative and get the word out that your school could win $20,000.

3. Post a flyer at your school, your local library, your neighborhood coffee shop, or other local venues.

4. Get noticed by local media. Follow these simple steps to use this contest as a way to draw local media attention to your school:

  • Use the Press Release template (page 3-4) to create a press release and customize it by adding information about your school, as well as your school’s contest URL.
  • See the Local Media Guide and FAQ (pages 6-8) for useful advice on reaching out to the media.
  • Create a list of local media outlets and send them your press release.

Care2 is the largest online community devoted to activism in the service of healthy, ethical and other progressive causes.  GreatSchools is an independent, nonprofit organization that improves education by inspiring parents to be involved. Parents choose GreatSchools to connect with each other – to find the right schools, share stories and advice, and get their parenting questions answered. Over the past 10 years, GreatSchools has empowered and inspired millions of parents to support their children’s education. In the past year alone, more than 37 million people – approximately one in three K-12 households in the U.S. – visited GreatSchools. With hundreds of thousands of ratings and parent reviews of schools nationwide, GreatSchools is the paramount parent-to-parent education community.

So, nominate your favorite school and spread the word. If you have any questions regarding the contest, don’t hesitate to contact Care2 at schoolcontest@care2team.com.

And remember: while only one school will earn the title and the grand prize, by nominating your school and promoting attention, involvement and community support, you and your school will be winners.

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11:20AM PDT on Apr 16, 2010

Several people have expressed concern about whether this is just a "popularity" contest. In this case, I'm just the messenger (no involvement in the contest). I'd like to suggest that if you feel this is an issue, think about how it might be addressed in future years (the contest, I believe, is annual). For example, could there be some way to pro-rate the votes so that smaller schools in less affluent neighborhoods stood an equal chance? Really, the point of the contest, as I understand it, is to get communities involved in actively supporting their schools so send your suggestions to schoolcontest@care2team.com -- I know they'll be very interested in your viewpoints and ideas.

5:18PM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

I wish everyone luck, but my local schools don't stand a chance, since the population is smaller than other places, and in the reddest district in the state, so there will be fewer people tuned into Care2.

5:02PM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

www.projecthopeschool.com

4:58PM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

if this is about popularity and networking, then my school will never win. hope school in orange, california picks up homeless kids from all over the county and brings them to a central location where they can learn without judgment. they never have to worry whether or not their parents can get them to school on time. they can eat at the facility if they didn't get any breakfast. it fills a void and evens the playing field.

2:46PM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

What a neat idea.

2:32PM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

Good Luck to everyone.

9:52AM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

I think its just going to be a popularity contest and the biggest school systems will have all the advantage to win by sheer numbers. I would rather see the money go to the school that is most in need of the prize rather than going to some big huge mega school.

8:26AM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

I think this is a great idea! I wonder where else you are posting this information? I will post it on my Facebook pages. Stephanie Alt, MS http://stephaniealt.com/

5:00AM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

Hi everyone,
Please note that you need to go to the contest page in order to nominate your favorite school. The link is embedded in the first paragraph of the post, but here it is again: http://www.care2.com/schoolcontest/?z00m=19837181.

12:33AM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

great idea thanks

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