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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amy d September 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm

A program I would like is something the kids really would like,however i would put it towards there playground they have 3 swings:(nardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

amy d September 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

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amy d September 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm


Patricia Treskovich September 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm

tweeted Latest: Enter to win a $50 AMEX gift card from @modernmami. Ends 9/3. #giveaway #contest #CloroxBrightFuture less than 5 seconds ago

Patricia Treskovich September 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm

follow you on twitter

Patricia Treskovich September 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm

We volunteer time to our school to make it a happier place

barbara wright September 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm

If I had $50,000 to fund one program in my childu2019s school, I would put it into their computers. It is totally unbelievable to me that a school of leadership and technology doesn’t have half of their computers working!!nnBut I also agree with Hurdler4eva. We are so worried about leaving no child behind that the program is really about helping no child get ahead or leaving no SCHOOL behind. I don’t know why they waste their precious money having AG teachers when they don’t use them. The smart kids are pretty much left on their own.

barbara wright September 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I Follow @modernmami on twitter – bsw529

barbara wright September 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm
Rosey September 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I am in the state of Michigan where budget cuts were the norm before the recession because we were in such bad shape. The schools here, K-Higher Ed are always one of the first to feel the crunch.

Leandrew_taylor September 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm

If I had $50,000 to fund one program in my daughter’s school, I would ‘resurrect’ the music/arts program that was cancelled a few years back because of state budget cuts! My daughter loves music and was ‘deeply’ saddened when the music program was cancelled at her school. I’m sure I’m not ‘alone’ with my belief that the importance of music and art is ‘essential’ in the development of each child’s complete education!

Leandrew_taylor September 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm

I follow U on Twitter!rnrnMy Twitter Username: LT38

Anonymous September 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm

if i could fund a program at the school, it would be that after school sports are available to everyone. i dont like that they charge for afterschool sports. its why i could never do any after school activities as a kid and having 4 kids, its why my kids cant either.

Leandrew_taylor September 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I Tweeted this giveaway to all my Twitter friends:rnrn

Anonymous September 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

i follow on twitter @whitetrashtrish

Leandrew_taylor September 3, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I subscribe to your blog via email subscription!

Leandrew_taylor September 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I signed up for friendfeed!rnrnMy friendfeed ID: LeAndrew

Leandrew_taylor September 3, 2010 at 5:55 pm

I Blogged about this giveaway:rnrn

Kimo September 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm

state budget cuts have hit our schools by increasing class sizes and requiring all accessories be brought from home not borrowed at school.rnrnkimojax9 at gmail dot com

Kimo September 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I follow you on twitter. @hoopzfanaticrnrnkimojax9 at gmail dot com

Susan September 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

We have had a lot of budget cuts here and because of that they have eliminated some sports, layed off some teacher which makes the class size bigger.

Susan September 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm
Susan September 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm

follow via twitter susan1215

Anonymous September 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm

If I could fund one program it would be a literacy program.

Jeanette H. September 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm

How have state budget cuts affected your childu2019s school? rnThey have had to cut teachers, classes like art and band and even bussing. The bad economy makes things very sad for the school districts…=(

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