The Classroom Project- Classroom Supplies for Teachers Contest

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin

Teachers around the nation are doing just that — involving their students in classroom activities — no matter the cost. The reality is, 99.5% of teachers purchase classroom supplies and other equipment out of pocket. In the 2012-2013 school year alone, teachers spent a total of $1.6 billion for classroom supplies with their own money; that’s $485 in extra expenses per teacher!

Baltimore City based, Lakeland Elementary and Middle school teacher Erin Ganzzermiller is one such teacher who personally buys supplies for her STEM class. “I work in a Title I school and unfortunately many of my students do not have the resources to purchase needed supplies. Just the other day, I assigned a project to create cells using poster board. Some of my students came to class empty handed. When I asked their parents about the purchase, the response was that they were not able to afford the supplies. The poster board cost 50 cents.”

The University of Southern California Rossier School of Education is excited to offer K-12 teachers like Erin Ganzzermiller an opportunity to get a little of what they continue to give — with The Classroom Project. This initiative is an exciting opportunity for K-12 teachers to win one of 30 prizes that total over $3,000 to purchase classroom supplies. This campaign also gives a voice to educators everywhere that are spending money out of pocket for their classrooms. Now is the time for communities to show their support for teachers while raising awareness about the need for additional supplies in the classroom.

Here’s how to enter the contest:

  • Write a short blog post (150-300 words) about why you are deserving of more supplies in your classroom and how additional funds would help.
  • Include a photo of your classroom – a “View My Classroom” image – and share with us how unique, decorative and fun it is in your world. Make sure images don’t include students’ faces.
  • Post an essay to your blog and include The Classroom Project badge to help raise awareness about the need for more supplies in every classroom. This can done by using the html code provided below. (If you don’t have a personal blog you can easily create an account and self submit your post via Tumblr or Blogher.

Support The Classroom Project and Grab a Badge!

Not a teacher? That’s okay! Nominate your favorite teachers who are purchasing classroom supplies out of pocket. Forward them this link:" or send their email address to our campaign manager and we will send them an invitation to enter the contest. Follow #ClassroomProject on Twitter and Facebook and support today’s teachers by sharing this with your friends! The content runs now until December 16, 2013.

Once you do all the above, you’ll be entered to win one of thirty prizes. (Keep in mind all entries will be judged based on three criteria: demonstration of need, essay development and organization, relevance to the theme and creativity/originality.)

Prizes are valued at over $3000

  • The first-place winner will get a $500 Staples gift card.
  • The second-place winner will get a $300 Staples gift card.
  • The third-place winner will get a $200 Staples gift card.
  • 15 honorable mention winners will get a $100 Staples gift card.
  • 12 honorable mention winners will get a $50 Staples gift card.

The first, second, and third place winner will be featured on the USC Rossier Online blog.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to teachers at eligible (501(c)(3)-designated) schools who are legal U.S. & DC residents, 18 and older. Void outside U.S. and where prohibited. Starts at 12:00 am PST on 11/18/13; ends at 11:50 pm PST on 12/16/13. For Official Rules, including prize descriptions and how to enter, visit The Classroom Project Contest.

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