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Help A School Get What It Needs By Voting In The Bing Our School Needs Contest

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Schools need every available dollar for activities and more important educational programs. I know my own school district is in the bottom 10% when it comes to state aid. That is why so many of our PTA groups and school activity organizations fund raise–so the kids do not have to do without. We are living in tough times and in a tough economy. I thought things were bad here in Brick until I read headline after headline about Toms River Schools Superintendent arrested and charged with 18 counts of fraud involving $2,000,000. Who will be hurt? Kids.

When I wrote my October 17, 2010, blog, “The Bing Our School Needs Contest Is On. What Does Your School Need?”, I knew I was ineligible to enter as I was not a student, parent, or teacher in Brick. So I did the next best thing, I asked my daughter to write one since her sons are on Brick school rolls. Hope she did! I’d love to see some?programming developed for special needs classified boys and girls who just don’t fit into ones currently in place.

Hope you took my suggestion as well to enter the Bing Our School Needs contest. One way or another it is too late now to write a 500-800 word essay detailing the case for why your school deserves to win the $100,000 prize. But there is something else you can do. You can vote.? Please help judge the fifteen finalists selected by Bing’s panel of judges. Voting starts Friday, October 29, 2010, and ends Sunday, November 7, 2010. The winners will be announced Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

You are in the hot seat. YOU really need to vote. Why? If you do and are one of the first 30,000 voters daily, the project you select gets a $3 donation from Bing (up to $900,000 to schools in need) through DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit website that features public school classroom projects. Your one vote really can make all the difference in selecting which four schools will be awarded a quarter-million dollars in prize money. One school will win $100,000 and four others $50,000 each.

I know you want to help education, so vote. I read all the 30 semi-final papers posted. Every need was real but some were paramount. It is the job of government to fund mandated programs. I wish they did more. I particularly felt that Longfellow K8 School, 5055 July Street, San Diego, CA 92110 deserves more. I have seen the living conditions of its urban streets. For optimal development every need must be satisfied. A place for children to play is the first step in early intervention. By high school the die is cast. Basics before frills comes first.

“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.”

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