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Classroom Makeover Contest Giving Away $10,000 Upgrade

A new contest from Great American Financial Resources (GAFRI) is giving a new look to some old classrooms. Now in its fourth year, the Great American Classroom Makeover will give one lucky grand prize winner $5,000, plus a matching gift for the school.

“Many teachers spend their own money for basic classroom supplies,” said Tom Maxey, GAFRI executive vice president, in a statement announcing the contest. “The Great American Classroom Makeover is one of the ways our company reaches out to help those who shape the futures of today’s youth.”

In addition to the grand prize, the contest will also award two $3,000 prizes to one second place winner, and two separate $1,500 gifts for the class that places third.

To enter, teachers should write a few sentences--300 words or less--about why their classroom deserves a makeover and include a recent photo of their current space. Entries will be accepted through December 30, online and via post. GAFRI will post a list of finalists in January, and a round of public voting will commence in February to determine the winners.

Additional information, including official rules, is available on the GAFRI's contest website.

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