On July 14, Walmart launched the “Write to Change the Classroom” program inspired by Ty’Sheoma Bethea’s letter to Congress about the poor state of her school. (As you might remember, her letter was recognized by President Obama during his State of the Union speech in February.) Just like Ty’Sheoma inspired change in her classroom, Walmart is hoping to inspire change in classrooms across the country.
Walmart has asked us to spread the word about this great opportunity for parents, teachers and students to make a difference for their schools….and we hope you’ll join us in spreading the word as well.
The “Write to Change the Classroom” program will award 20 teachers with $4,000 in classroom school supplies to help make a difference in students’ lives and further a cause that began with this one courageous letter. Entrants can submit their 500-words-or-less letter at www.writetochangetheclassroom.com outlining their school supply needs (e.g. basic educational materials, classroom furniture, technology, etc.) and explaining how these materials will be used throughout the school year. Supply needs might include everything from new computers, to replacing aging, broken or depleted classroom supplies. All entrants must be at least 18 years of age. Any state-accredited elementary (K-6), junior high (7-8) and senior high (9-12) and traditional school is eligible to receive the supplies. The call for entries period will run from July 14 through July 24, 2009.
Selected finalists will receive $4,000-worth of school supplies to their designated classroom and an additional $4,000 toward supplies for their entire school. Essays will be judged on level of need, creativity and the positive impact these supplies will have on the school.
For more information regarding the Walmart “Write to Change the Classroom” program, please visit www.writetochangetheclassroom.com.