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09/14/2009

America's Favorite School Contest to Award $20,000 to Winning School

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America's Favorite School Contest to Award $20,000 to Winning School

Redwood City, CA (PRWEB) — September 14, 2009 — As students settle into their new classrooms, Care2 is partnering with GreatSchools to announce a new way for parents, educators, and communities to rally around their school. From September 14th through November 8th, anyone can vote in the America's Favorite School contest at http://www.AmericasFavoriteSchool.com to help their favorite school win $20,000.

Parents and educators know that test scores only tell one side of the story for a school. Every day in every school across the country, committed teachers, parent volunteers, student leaders and caring communities go that extra mile to make our schools the special places our children need to learn, grow and thrive.

The America's Favorite School contest is a simple and fun way for communities to support their schools. Voting is free and everyone can help with the click of a mouse. Through the contest website people can spread the word about their school and invite their friends to vote. Visitors can track who has recruited the most friends to vote for their favorite schools. The top 20 people who recruit the most friends to vote will each receive a $50 gift card.

Care2 will be awarding $36,000 to schools across the United States through this contest. Care2 is committed to ensuring that all schools, regardless of demographics and average community income, have the opportunity to win. Care2 will be awarding a cash prize every week to a randomly selected school. In addition to the grand prize awarded to the school with the most votes, Care2 will award a total of $11,000 to the four schools in second through fifth place.

"Now is a perfect time to support America's schools," said Randy Paynter, president and founder of Care2.com, and parent of two. "At the heart of every great school are passionate individuals giving it their all to help educate and inspire our children. Our mission at Care2.com is to help people make the world a better place, so we're excited to be able to reward the teachers, parents, students and communities that are making an extraordinary difference."

With our country's ongoing economic problems, schools across the nation face deep budget cuts this fall, and parents are understandably concerned. A recent GreatSchools poll found more than three in five parents (61%) believe the quality of education in their school will suffer because of cutbacks. "The America's Favorite School contest offers schools, parents, and students an opportunity to rally support for their schools and share what makes their schools great," said Bill Jackson, founder and president of GreatSchools.

Quick Details: America's Favorite School Contest

  • Contest period: Sept. 14 — Nov. 8, 2009
  • Website: http://www.AmericasFavoriteSchool.com
  • Who can participate: Anyone in the United States over the age of 13 can vote for their favorite school.
  • Grand prize: Care2 to award $20,000 to school with most votes nationwide.
  • Runner-up prizes: Care2 to award $11,000 (total) to four runner-ups.
  • Weekly prizes: Care2 to award $500 each week in random drawings (totaling $4,000).
  • Recruiters' prizes: Care2 to award a $50 gift certificate to the top 20 people who recruit the most friends to vote.
  • Visit the contest website for contest rules.

About Care2

With more than 11 million members and over 350 nonprofit partners worldwide, Care2 is the largest online community for healthy and green living, children's welfare, education, human rights and animal welfare. Founded in 1998, Care2 has featured nearly 244,000 petitions created by the site and its members, collecting more than 28 million signatures on timely and important issues, ranging from education to wildlife conservation to health care for all. Please visit the Care2 community at http://www.care2.com.

About GreatSchools

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 35 million people — approximately one in three K-12 households in the U.S. — visited GreatSchools (www.greatschools.org). With hundreds of thousands of ratings and parent reviews of schools nationwide, GreatSchools is the paramount parent-to-parent education community.

A Webby Award-winning site, GreatSchools is now expanding its reach and impact with its College Bound initiative, a new program that will provide structured online and offline training, mentoring and community resources to unlock the power of parents in guiding their children’s success in school and beyond. GreatSchools is supported by numerous foundations and corporations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robertson Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. For more information, please visit http://www.greatschools.org.

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