It's that time of year again! The third annual BE BIG In Your Community Contest officially opens TODAY! And here at Scholastic, well, we're getting really excited to hear about the BIG Ideas that get submitted for a chance to win a $25,000 community grant to bring that BIG idea to life!
Last year over 25,000 parents, teachers, community leaders and KIDS just like YOU were inspired to BE BIG and entered their BIG Idea for a chance to win. Our grand prize winning team, Jennifer, Sharon and Lauren saw how hard it was for kids to stay caught up on their school work while in the hospital, so they decided to do something BIG about it: create a hospital classroom to help kids stay on top of their school work while hospitalized. There's nothing bigger than kids helping kids!
The runner-up winners included young people like Simone, whose BIG Idea was to create a "National VolunTEEN Website" to help kids between 10-17 find local volunteer and service opportunities. What a great idea! Or Will, whose BIG Idea "Hits for Hunger" uses baseball to raise awareness about hunger in the community. Such a BIG Idea! (Click here to check out all of last year's winners.)
Now that we've told you how kids all over are being BIG, tell us what you and your friends are doing to BE BIG in the 2011 BE BIG In Your Community Contest. Enter your BIG idea for a chance to win one of 30 grants totaling $75,000! And don't wait, the contest closes on June 17. Good Luck!
— Natalie, Scholastic Media Staffer