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$10,000 Classroom Makeover Contest Opens

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Great American Classroom Makeover, which offers prizes of up to $10,000 for supplies for both individual classrooms and schools.

The contest asks nominators to detail in 300 words or less why their chosen classroom deserves the makeover. A photo of the classroom is also required.

Three prizes will be awarded.

  • The first-place winner will receive $5,000 for his or her classroom and another $5,000 for the school.
  • Second place will receive $2,500 for the classroom and $2,500 for the school.
  • Third place will receive $1,000 for the classroom and $1,000 for the school.

"Studies show that teachers across the United States are spending their own money to improve their classrooms," says Mat Dutkiewicz, executive vice president of Great American Financial Resources, which sponsors and conducts the contest. "The Great American Classroom Makeover is designed to help alleviate some of that burden for educators. We believe that teachers deserve the best, and we are pleased to help them and their students with this program."

Nominations are open now through Dec. 28. Finalists will be notified in January 2013. Final public judging will happen in February. The nomination form and additional details are available online at

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David Nagel is the former editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal, STEAM Universe, and Spaces4Learning. A 30-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art, marketing, media, and business publications.

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