As the wife of a teacher, I know how hard teachers and schools work to make the school environment safe, stimulating and up-to-date for our children. However, the needs nearly always exceed the funds available.
From books, art supplies and musical instruments to athletic equipments and playgrounds, things that used to be considered fundamental to school, are now often "extras" that teachers even pay for out of their own pockets. School communities raise funds and seek grants to give their kids the best and they come together to do it any way they can.
Through the generosity of grants, my kids' schools have been able to become a Weather Bug site to study the climate and they've even been able to work with scientists in the Arctic via the Internet.
As a mother of 2 teens (and a teen-to-be), I know how important school programs are to child’s experience. That’s why I’m working with Clorox’s Power A Bright Future K-12 school grant program to get parents and their teens (13 and older) to vote and help schools win grants of up to $50,000 to help fund new or ongoing initiatives that provide kids with the opportunity to learn and grow.
Nominations are in and this year Clorox will award seven grants totaling $200,000 including:
• One Grand-prize $50,000 grant
• Three $25,000 Category winner grants (One winner will be selected by popular vote in each
category; Play, Create and Explore)
• Three $25,000 Judge’s pick grants (A panel of Clorox judges will select one winner based on
merit in each category)
Get out there and vote!
One of the great things about this program is that teenagers can vote, too! What a great way for your older kids to help their peers!
From November 12-December 19, 2012, anyone 13 and older can vote online and via text:
• Visit www.powerabrightfuture.com from a computer or mobile phone to do it, or visit the site to find your favorite school’s text to vote code. You can vote once online and once by text every day.
• Voting ends on December 19, 2012 and the winners will be announced later this year.
Y.O.L.O. You Only Learn Once!
To encourage teens to vote, Disney's Bella Thorne of "Shake it Up" is sharing her photos on Instagram (@bellathornelovesyou), and kids 13 can share photos showing how a grant would make a difference for their school and community at a special Power A Bright Future! Instagram Contest (Photos must be tagged #yolopabf to be eligible for consideration).
Disclosure: I am being compensated by The Clorox Company to talk about the Power A Bright Future school grant program.. All opinions are mine, and I am happy to be a part of something to help schools.