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Power a Bright Future

By Dr. Laundry September 16, 2010

Every September, the Dad’s Club at our local elementary school pulls off the most amazing event: they feed the entire school (which has 275 or so families) a delicious spaghetti dinner for free. Prep begins early in the morning using the industrial kitchen at a local community church. The menu: spaghetti with homemade meat or vegetarian sauce, parmesan cheese, tossed salad, garlic bread, fruit punch, and coffee. The meal is served outdoors on the playground, allowing parents to visit with teachers and friends, kids to run around and play, and just about everyone to come home with a spaghetti sauce, salad dressing, or fruit punch stain! Dessert is of course a bake sale, because as every public school parent knows, raising extra funds makes a big difference in what programs you can provide at your school. Our school’s 5th graders sponsored the bake sale to raise money for their upcoming 2-night team building retreat where they learned valuable communication and problem solving skills. I’m sure many of you have programs at your school that have been or are in danger of being cut. Or, maybe you know how much a computer class would add to your school if you could just fund a program. Good news: Clorox wants to help, and has launched the 2010 Power A Bright Future grant contest, Parents and teachers across the country have until September 27th, 2010 to nominate school programs for a chance to receive a $50,000 grand-prize grant or one of three $20,000 grants. There are three categories:

  • Learn: Education-focused programs (e.g. establishing a school recycling program)

  • Play: Sports and exercise-focused programs (e.g. building a playground)

  • Create: Arts-focused programs (e.g. funding an after-school music program)

It’s easy to nominate a school program. Just visit by September 27th to submit a photo and tell us about the program.

Each nomination should demonstrate how the program will truly make a difference to children in their respective communities. After all the nominations are in, the final decision is up to America.

From October 5 through November 1, 2010, the public will have the opportunity to vote online for the program they believe will make the biggest difference at a school. The program that receives the highest number of votes will be awarded the $50,000 grand-prize grant, and the next top vote-getter in each category (Learn, Play and Create) will each be awarded a $20,000 grant. The final Power A Bright Future grant winners will be announced on or around December 8, 2010.

It’s a great contest. I hope you will nominate a program for your school soon since the deadline is fast approaching, and I wish you good luck!