Just do it! What have you got to lose? If your school is in need of technology, you'd be crazy not to nominate your own school. Anyone 13 or older can enter! What a great challenge for your middle or high school students. What if the 100 word essay that wins is a student from your own class? Wouldn't that be awesome! It's also a great way to involve the parents and family members in your community.
Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope Education Essay Contest benefits U.S. elementary, middle, and high schools through the delivery of new digital technologies and software. Individuals throughout the U.S. are invited to nominate a public or state-accredited private K-12 school to receive Samsung and Microsoft product donations by submitting an essay on "How the consumer electronics, computer equipment and software awarded through Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope could benefit your school."
Grand Prize package (1): Winning school will receive $210,000.00 awarded in the form of $100,000.00 of the following Samsung merchandise:
-Thirty (30) 24" LCD Monitors
-Fifty (50) 16" Screen Notebook PCs
-Ten (10) Color Laser Printers
-Five (5) Multifunction Laser Printers
-Twenty (20) HD Digital Camcorders
-Sixteen (16) Digital Cameras
-Six (6) Blu-ray players
-Two (2) 32" LCD HDTVs
-Two (2) 37" LCD HDTVs and Two (2) 40" LCD HDTVs;
-$100,000.00 of Microsoft software;
-$5,000.00 grant from DirecTV (awarded in the form of a check) and the DIRECTV GOES TO SCHOOL® package;
-$5,000.00 in Best Buy @15 Gift Cards (certain terms and conditions may apply on use of gift cards as specified by Best Buy);
-one (1) Classroom Assistant Dog - not sure how that prize fits in to the mix...
-Total Estimated Retail Value (“ERV”) of the Grand Prize package is $210,000.00.
First Prize package (15): Each winning school will receive $50,000.00 awarded in the form of $24,000.00 of the following Samsung merchandise:
-Twelve (12) 24" LCD Monitors
-Ten (10) 16" Screen Notebook PCs
-Two (2) Color Laser Printers
-Five (5) HD Digital Camcorders
-Seven (7) Digital Cameras
-Two (2) Blu-ray players and Two (2) 37" LCD HDTVs;
-$24,000.00 of Microsoft software;
-a $2,000.00 grant from DirecTV (awarded in the form of a check) and the DIRECTV GOES TO SCHOOL® package.
-Total ERV of each First Prize package is $50,000.00.
Second Prize (5): Each winning school will receive $10,000.00 in Best Buy @15 Gift Cards (certain terms and conditions may apply on use of gift cards as specified by Best Buy).
-Total ERV of each Second Prize is $10,000.00.
At first, nominations were due by November 1, 2009, but that deadline has been extended to December 1, 2009. Nomination guidelines are available on the Samsung website.