Bing “Our School Needs” Voting – now through 11/7

Have you heard that Bing is giving $100,000 to one school in need? And the school with the most votes in each of three categories (K-6, 7-9, 10-12) will also win $50,000 in the Bing “Our School Needs” contest.

Voting is open until Sunday, November 7. To vote, you must watch the finalist videos (or read the stories) and then register for an account and vote. You can return daily to vote for up to five schools.

I watched most of the videos and was touched by the Patriot Elementary School’s project submission. The majority of the children at the school have a parent who has been deployed to protect our country. These kids want to be able to share their accomplishments with the parent who is away, but cannot due to lack of financial resources to pay for the technology to do so. The school wants to be able to help their students through this difficult time. Read the details here.

There are other deserving schools that made the final 15. Learn more about the contest and be sure to vote for the one(s) you like best!

Please Note: I tried to register to vote, but got an error message. I contacted Bing to find out why since their error message does not provide any details as to what went wrong.

Highlights:
- Bing is awarding a quarter-million dollars in prize money divided among four schools in need.
- The entry with the most votes wins $100k, and 3 others will each win $50k.
- Bing is giving away up to $900,000 to schools in need through DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit website where public school teachers can post classroom projects that need funding. Be one of the first 30,000 to vote for your favorite finalists each day and receive a $3 donation code to redeem for the classroom project of your choice! Here’s a photo of singer Josh Groban visiting a local middle school in Queens, NY to drop off brand new musical instruments and participate in chorus class as part of the “Our School Needs” campaign kick-off:

Josh Groban - DonorsChoose.org and Bing Contest

- The voting phase starts Friday, October 29 and runs through Sunday, November 7. America will be asked to vote on the 15 Our School Needs finalists as determined by the panel of judges. The winners will be announced Tuesday, November 9.

Many schools struggle with finding the funding to support a variety of programs. My neighborhood public school and my daughter’s school both have very active parent groups that go above and beyond to raise money to support the schools. A ton of work goes into raising the funds! It’s nice to see the Bing will be helping some schools with their financial needs!

Disclosure: 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.


2 Responses to “Bing “Our School Needs” Voting – now through 11/7”

  1. November 3rd, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Theresa Trammell says:

    I want to thank you for posting this. I am one of the teachers that work at Patriot with these wonderful students. Not only am I a teacher though… I am also a spouse of a soldier who has deployed over 7 times and a parent of 3 children who have been through many of these deployments. Children of military service members not only have to deal with the day to day school stuff that all children deal with and that is a part of growing up but many of our children take on adult roles because of the stress and terror of the unknown that they live with while that parent or parents are deployed. Many of our students are on their 3rd deployment in 5 years. Any support is greatly appreciated and you can vote every day until Nov. 7th. Thank you!


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  2. November 3rd, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Susan says:

    Hi Theresa,

    Thanks for stopping by! I finally was able to register so I could vote and you got one of my five votes today. I will continue to vote until 11/7. I appreciate the sacrifices your family and the other families are making to protect our country. Good luck with the contest!

    ~susan


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