“What if there were no TVs, computers or video games in your life? That’s exactly what national TV-Turnoff Week is all about – and the “Show Your Shiny Side!” contest is asking elementary-aged kids to come up with imaginative ways to spend their time during those days.” -Bubblegum Books, TV-Turnoff Contest
It’s February, which means it’s almost March, which means April will soon be here. What happens in April? TV-Turnoff Week of course! April 21-27 to be precise. It is also time for Bubblegum Books’ annual TV Turn-Off contest.
Last year I wrote about the 2007 contest (which was based on their book The Things a String Can Be by Julie Goulis and John Ferguson), but back in those days no one but my sister and my ever faithful friend Wishy read my blog. Hopefully this year, I can drum up a bit more support for this fun and worthwhile contest.
Here are all the details:
This year’s contest, again held in conjunction with the Center for Screen-time Awareness, is based on the book Something Shiny, Something Round, also by Julie Goulis and illustrated by John Ferguson. Bubblegum is committed to inspiring children to be creative and use their imaginations. Each book comes with a bonus activity guide too.
HOW DO YOUR KIDS ENTER AND WHAT DO THEY DO?:
+ Dream Big! Let us know what makes you shine. You can draw and/or write your idea(s) on a separate sheet of paper. Go ahead and get creative. The more details, the better.
+ Open to elementary-aged kids.
+ Complete the ENTRY FORM and staple it to your entry. Please print clearly. Attach one form for each individual entry. (Teachers: Please mail class sets in one flat envelope.)
+ All entries become the property of the Center for Screen-Time Awareness and Bubblegum Books. Please make a copy of your submissions as submissions will not be returned.
+ Submit to:
Center for Screen-Time Awareness
2000 29th Street, N.W.
Lower Level # 1
Washington, DC 20007
DEADLINE: March 14th, 2008
WHAT CAN THEY WIN AND WHEN WILL THEY KNOW???
+Winners will be announced during Turnoff Week (April 21-27, 2008)
+Prizes will include t-shirts, frisbees, pencils, stickers, books and other rewards for excellence.
+The grand prize will be a visit by the author and/or illustrator to the winning school.
NOTE TO TEACHERS – Special Educator Contest:
Educators – develop the most interesting way to make this “shiny” contest part of your class. We are looking for integration, educational value and fun. The plan should also be submitted no later than March 14. The winning teachers will receive gift certificates to a local store and/or a local restaurant.
To read the press-release, here’s the link. For an easily-printable PDF version, click here. Why not print this and hang it in your children’s school or library? Let’s make this a national Unplugged Project!