Nominate Your School for Power a Bright Future Grant & Help Fund School Enrichment Programs!

by Melanie Edwards on August 20, 2010 · 1,325 comments

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Elementary Classroom

This post is part of a paid campaign.

My baby girl started Prekindergarten this past Monday. Here in Florida they actually call it Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK), and the state funds the program. So, if you properly enroll your child with the state, various local child care centers will provide VPK free of charge 3 hours a day, five days a week. But, even though the state funds the program, I found myself receiving a school supply list from her preschool and having to purchase school supplies. We didn’t mind at all, and of course, it was very exciting for her to get her school supplies and take them to school. After all, starting next year when she starts Kindergarten, I’ll be buying school supplies every year thereafter – so this was good training.

Still, it reminded me of how underfunded the general school system is. Here in Florida, there have been many budget cuts for the Education industry, some that even recently affected the program where just eight months ago I was working full-time. The program no longer exists. I also know that most teachers purchase school supplies for their classrooms and students out of their own pocket. I know this because my mother-in-law is an elementary school teacher in South Florida and she is constantly looking for items at stores for “her kids” and her classroom. And, I think that’s how most teachers feel too – their students are “their kids” and they wholeheartedly embrace their role of educating those kids.

A major way that schools are affected by budget cuts are through critical enrichment programs such as music, arts, and sports. Sadly, many schools have had to cut back on or eliminate such programs. This year, Clorox wishes to help schools by awarding four grants, totaling $110,000, to help fund school programs that will brighten and enrich the lives of kids. Through the Power A Bright Future grant program, Clorox is seeking nominations for schools to win a $50,000 grand-prize grant or one of three $20,000 grants. All you have to do, is visit the Clorox site from August 12 to September 27, 2010 and submit a photo and information about the program in the appropriate category for your idea: Learn, Play or Create. For more information, official rules and to nominate a school program, visit Clorox.

Additional Ways To Help Your School and Children

  • I’m sure this is stuff we all already know, but as a reminder, taking several easy steps can help prevent the spread of germs:
    • Sing and Scrub: Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice).
    • Do the Elbow Cough: Cough and sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands to help prevent the spread of germs by touch.
    • Disinfect Hot Spots: School staff and adults should routinely clean areas that people touch often, like desktops, remote controls and light switches.
  • In addition to nominating a school, there’s also plenty that can be done to support teachers in keeping his or her classroom clean and ready to inspire students. Consider bringing teachers hand sanitizer or canisters of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to help make clean-up easier. Similar to school supplies, many teachers also provide cleaning supplies at their own expense.

Clorox Power a Bright Future

Power A Bright Future and Have Fun Too!

Through this campaign, Clorox is offering us a few ways to have fun while learning more about the Power A Bright Future program and helping schools. First up, there is a contest at the bottom of this post for you to win a prize, and next week, I’ll be co-hosting a Twitter party to discuss the program and learn tips from each other – with more prizes!

Bilingual Power a Bright Future Twitter Party

Come ready to share and receive advice from fellow moms on how you can help in keeping a healthier and happier school. The party will be in both English and Spanish, so feel free to tweet in either language! Be sure to follow the party hosts and organizers:

Party Details:

Date: Thursday, August 26
Time: 9-10 pm EST
Hashtag: #CloroxBrightFuture
Prizes: Three (3) $25 AMEX gift cards will be given out during the twitter party.
RSVP: It’s not mandatory to RSVP in order to join us, but if you want to connect with fellow party attendees ahead of time, RSVP on the Facebook Event page.

Twitter Party Giveaway Rules: Three winners will be chosen at random from all #CloroxBrightFuture tagged tweets between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m EST 8/26/10. Winner must be present and using the tag between these times to win. Winner must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid U.S. address. Reader Giveaway

One of you could win a $50 AMEX gift card.

How to Enter

Required entry: If you’d like to enter this contest, simply leave a comment below answering one of the following questions:

  1. Now that you’re preparing for back-to-school, how can you help in keeping a healthier and happier school for your children?
  2. If you had $50,000 to fund one program in your child’s school, what would it be?
  3. How have state budget cuts affected your child’s school?

Extra entries (optional):

Each of the following will count as 1 extra entry. You’ll need to leave a separate comment for each entry.

  1. Follow @modernmami on twitter.
  2. Tweet the following: Enter to win a $50 AMEX gift card from @modernmami. Ends 9/3. #giveaway #contest #CloroxBrightFuture
  3. Subscribe to this blog via email and leave a comment with the email you used to subscribe. (You can use the email field to do this instead of putting your email in the comment if you prefer.)
  4. Subscribe on friendfeed and leave a comment with your friendfeed ID.
  5. Write a blog post on your own blog sharing the Power A Bright Future program with your readers; make sure to link back to this contest page in your post. Leave a comment with your post link.

All entries must be in by Friday, September 3 at 11:59 pm EST. Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry. The winner will be chosen using and will be notified via email. (Please be sure to provide a valid email address with your entry.)

Be sure to also check out my co-hosts’ blogs for additional giveaway opportunities. They are each hosting the same giveaway.

Official Rules: Entrants can only win a $50 American Express gift card on one (1) Bilingual Power a Bright Future Twitter party host’s blog. If an entrant chooses to comment on more than one host’s blog post, he/she is only eligible to win one (1) prize, even if randomly selected as the winner more than once. Entrants for the Giveaways may not participate with multiple e-mail addresses. Any entrant who attempts to enter with multiple e-mail addresses, under multiple identities, or uses any other device will be disqualified from participation in the promotion, and all entries submitted by that entrant will be void.

Disclosure: I am being compensated for co-hosting the Bilingual Power a Bright Future Twitter party. This post was written in conjunction with the campaign, but all opinions and thoughts are original.

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ky2here September 3, 2010 at 12:36 am

Twitter follower ky2here1.

PauleyD September 3, 2010 at 1:08 am

2. I would use it to fund a cafeteria makeover at our local schools. I was very inspired by the show Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. I think our school’s menus need a major overhaul!rnrnpauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

PauleyD September 3, 2010 at 1:17 am

I follow you by twitter lpauld68rnrnpauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Frank September 3, 2010 at 1:49 am

If you had $50,000 to fund one program in your childu2019s school, what would it be? It would be an athletic program like track and field to get the kids more

Lindsay September 3, 2010 at 1:50 am

I would use it to fund music programs. It makes me sad that kids won’t have the same opportunity I had to have music in their lives.

Lindsay September 3, 2010 at 1:51 am
Lindsay September 3, 2010 at 1:51 am

I follow you on twitter as @lstixrud

Frank September 3, 2010 at 1:51 am
julieh September 3, 2010 at 1:56 am

Budget cuts have hurt our school by the layoff of teachers and assistants, lack of supplies, and cuts to the free breakfast/lunch program.

Mimi the kitten September 3, 2010 at 2:54 am

I think encouraging kids and creating a positive environment full of love is the healthiest thing – for mind, body and spirit – that we can do.

Mimi the kitten September 3, 2010 at 2:55 am

I follow @modernmami on twitter (@ThatKittenMimi).

Hotsnotty2 September 3, 2010 at 3:55 am

I would fund a music program for my childrens’ school. Because of budget cuts, they no longer have a music class :(

Michael September 3, 2010 at 4:05 am

State budget cuts have closed almost half of the school’s in our region (Kansas City). :(

Amanda S. September 3, 2010 at 4:25 am

State budget cuts have cut busses for my kids’ school.rnrnamandasandico at yahoo dotcom

Jannajanna September 3, 2010 at 5:03 am

I would give the money to the music programs! It’s one of the most important and the first to go!nThanks for entering me! Great Contest!nnJanna Johnsonnjanna@FeedYourPigBlog.comnjannajanna@hotmail.comnwww.FeedYourPigBlog.comn

Louis September 3, 2010 at 9:16 am

If you had $50,000 to fund one program in your childu2019s school, what would it be?nnI would invest in musical instruments or craft supplies. Art in any kind is the most neglected subject :(

Louis September 3, 2010 at 9:17 am

here is my tweetn

Louis September 3, 2010 at 9:17 am

following you on twitter at rosidentevil

Anonymous September 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Teachers are having to share aides because of the budget cuts. I really belive the elementery teachers need full time aides but they only get them for a few hours a day now. It’s really hard on the kindergarten and first grade classes. Thank you!

Mrssquigg September 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm

State budget cuts have shortened the school year by 20 days. My kids don’t get some of the materials they used to and we are asked to pay for them. Bus stops have been reduced to one large group pickup instead of every 6/10 of a mile like before. I could go on all day about other cuts, but they are still getting educated and that’s the important thing at the end of the day…

Mrssquigg September 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Follow you on Twittern@mrssquigg

Mrssquigg September 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm
Anonymous September 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I would fund the AP (advanced placement) program as much of it was cut and the money given to the program for the students with learning disabilities. I know this will piss people off, but I believe ALL children should be given the chance to thrive at their levels and it is just wrong to hold some back. There are all kinds of federal programs for the ones who need help to catch up to national averages, but those who excel- they cut them left and right.

Anonymous September 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm
Anonymous September 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I follow you on Twitter dddiva

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