Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Scholastic Launches the “Clifford BE BIG in Your Community” Contest -- Your Big Idea Could Win Up to $5,000! Plus, Enter Here to Win a Clifford Plush Toy! #GIVEAWAY

Traditional classes like math, science, reading, history, etc., are extremely important in raising a well-rounded child, but it’s also crucial that children learn character-building skills, such as being kind, helping others, and sharing. A new study commissioned by Scholastic Media and the HandsOn Network, “It Starts with Character: Inspiring Kids & Teens to Volunteer,” bears this out. The study found that children and teens who have more exposure to character-building skills are more likely to volunteer in their communities and to do so more often. Imagine what a wonderful world we could create if more people did that! Check out these numbers from the study’s findings:

• Parents (84 percent), teachers (78 percent), kids age 6–11 (73 percent), and teens age 12–17 (64 percent) say character-building skills are among the most important skills to develop along with academic skills in order to be successful in life.

• The more kids and teens are exposed to character-building skills, the greater their level of interest in volunteering. Additionally, kids and teens who are more exposed to character-building skills volunteer more frequently.

• Eighty-eight percent of parents and 93 percent of teachers believe that volunteering provides opportunities for children to build character.

• Ninety-four percent of parents and 98 percent of teachers agree that media (such as TV, film, books, magazines, games, apps and the Internet) can play an important role in teaching kids the value of character education; 63 percent of teachers believe that kids would benefit from more media exposure to lessons about character-building skills.

The study also found that:

• Teacher, kid and teen survey respondents name Clifford The Big Red Dog® as the character most associated with teaching character-building skills relative to other characters.

• The vast majority of parents (96 percent), teachers (98 percent), kids (91 percent), and teens (81 percent) surveyed agree that Clifford’s BIG Ideas are valuable/important.


With all these findings in mind, Scholastic just launched its fourth annual “Clifford BE BIG in Your Community” national contest! Designed to inspire people to engage in service and volunteerism, the contest invites kids of all ages, teachers, parents and community leaders to submit proposals that demonstrate how Clifford’s BIG Ideas (Share, Help Others, Be Kind, Be Responsible, Play Fair, Be a Good Friend, Believe in Yourself, Have Respect, Work Together and Be Truthful) can make the world a better place. Submitted ideas vie for the chance to win up to $10,000 in community grants from the BE BIG Fund in order to implement the winning proposals! (The grand prize winner receives a $5,000 community grant. Five first place winners will receive $1,000 each.) This contest ends June 22, 2012.

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, teacher, child care provider or anyone who engages regularly with children, I hope you’ll consider the many ways in which you can help kids develop good character. Teach them Clifford’s BIG Ideas, and help them to come up with ways in which they can implement them at home and school, and in their community.

IMPORTANT LINKS

Entry forms for the Clifford BE BIG in Your Community contest can be found at:
www.scholastic.com/cliffordbebig/contest/

To explore your local HandsOn Network action center for opportunities to serve in your community, go to:
www.handsonnetwork.org/actioncenters/map

Complete rules for the Clifford BE BIG in Your Community contest are online at:
www.scholastic.com/cliffordbebig/contestrules

GIVEAWAY


To inspire you to enter the “Clifford BE BIG in Your Community” contest and demonstrate Clifford’s BIG Ideas, Scholastic has generously donated the adorable Clifford plush toy pictured above for one lucky winner! This toy was created by the Douglas Company, and I’m sure they would love for you to follow them on Facebook! To enter to win this adorable Clifford plush toy, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Open to U.S. residents only. This giveaway ends Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at 11:59 PM EST.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner: Gianna!



a Rafflecopter giveaway




DISCLOSURE: No products or compensation were exchanged for this post.

73 comments:

  1. I think constant encouragement!

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  2. Anonymous10:17 PM

    I would have my kids serve meals at a soup kitchen. saltpepper1_2000@yahoo.com

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  3. Treat others as you want to be treated.

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  4. New follower via Beck Valley's hop.
    Fab blog! :-)

    TToria @ ttoria.blogspot.com

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  5. Such a shame this isnt open to UK residents my daughter loves Clifford

    P.s great blog, I found you through the Weekly Book Blog Hop

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  6. Children learn by example so setting good examples as an adult about having good character traits is a great way to teach.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  7. I've been trying to teach empathy to my daughter
    disintegratingstarr@hotmail.com

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  8. diana caldwell10:30 AM

    always set a good example
    diana_dkc@hotmail.com

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  9. HORTON111@AOL.COM

    THEY LEARN BY WATCHING WHAT THE PARENTS DO

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  10. Be kind and help others.
    tnxns09 at gmail dot com

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  11. Just be kind to others no matter what!

    Cherriesjessilee@gmail.com

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  12. I constantly remind them!

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  13. I try to teach my son to share with other kids/people. Being an only child thats sometimes a huge task

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  14. Mostly share with others and be kind to others
    annette3369@yahoo.com

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  15. We make donations to Santa's Helpers each year and the kids love to make home-made dog bones for the shelter's Christmas Bazaar.

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  16. I take my kids to volunteer at different places so they can feel like they have made a difference.

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  17. I teach my grandchildren to be respectful to others.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. To not be a bully and to treat others the way he wants to be treated. We read ALOT!
    sandy1955 at comcast dot net

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  19. Devona Fryer6:52 AM

    Always tell the truth!

    04coupons@gmail.com

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  20. We sponser a child overseas in need of help. My daughter collects money for her.

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  21. my sons clifford is just old now, he'd love a new one

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  22. help others

    felecia@twinoaksfl.org

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  23. We donate when we can. I also try to remind him to treat others nicely.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  24. We teach our children to be kind

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  25. treating others with respect!!


    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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  26. to treat others with respect

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  27. I teach my kids the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you :)

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  28. To share with others :)

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  29. being considerate of others and sharing

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  30. Audra Weathers12:28 PM

    My daughter is three, so we're working hard at this age to teach sharing and being kind to others. Anything that helps teach children to be empathetic is wonderful.

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  31. I teach my kids to always take the high road and surprise people in a good way.

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  32. My grandchildren are taught manners,(please and thank you), as soon as they learn to talk. They are also taught to tell the TRUTH. They understand the importance of honesty. I am very proud of them.

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  33. Honesty is the biggest thing i try to teach them and them just a general respect for others regardless of age, gender, race etc

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  34. To always treat others like you want to be treated. (Corey Olomon)(olomon@hotmail.com)

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  35. Be kind to others.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  36. I teach my kids about making good choices and bad choices. When they make a bad choice, I sit them down and we talk about why they made a bad choice. When they make a good choice, I reward them because it keeps them wanting to make good choices.

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  37. I encourage my daughter to be a good friend, and considerhow her actions affect her friends' feelings

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  38. Always be honest and truthful.

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  39. shirley hicks12:09 PM

    be kind,honest



    cpsnsamples

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  40. Teh Doll10:43 PM

    to share and be helpful
    dollhousecreation(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I think constant encouragement!
    freebiel0ve @yahoo.com

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  42. One day a week at school as a class, we walk around and do a trash walk and pick up any trash we find
    beth.rees333 at gmail dot com

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  43. We teach respect. At 3 we have to ask him how HE would feel if situation happened to him!-Erinn A

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  44. nechama levin3:25 PM

    to always b positive!

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  45. my son love clifford so it's very easy to instill good values, like respect and caring for the people you love.

    my son's teacher actually was proposed to by clifford.. yes, her fiance was dressed up as clifford the red dog! it was his first witnessed proposal and he's only 2 :-)

    tamarsweeps at gmail [dot.com

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  46. My son adores Clifford and these messages are very easy to pass on to my children. I encourage my three year old to share with his baby brother and I try to encourage my baby to respect his older brothers toys ;)

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  47. I teach my nephew to be kind to others and to care about their feelings. I encourage him and make a big deal about using good manners and doing nice things for others.

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  48. Harold D10:25 AM

    I'm always trying to pass on the golden rules to my Grand Daughter, treat people with respect, be honest, be kind, etc. It really helps them grow up into a great person.

    tannerboyle12@hotmail.cm

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  49. I think if you teach by example.

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  50. Anonymous4:49 PM

    Teach kids to be honest, kind and always treat others with respect

    morganowl28 at gmail dot com

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  51. It is better to give than to receive. Thanks for this giveaway. :) Jeanne

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  52. we donate toys
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  53. Always share and be patiant with others

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  54. Look cute and smile at everyone.

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  55. Anonymous8:44 AM

    I am always reminding them to be polite and have manners.

    Desiree Dunbar
    desireedunbar@hotmail.com

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  56. Remind them to be nice to others, and to remember that kind words go a long way.

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  57. Be kind and be a good friend

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  58. share with others ! bargainfun1 at yahoo

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  59. I've really been pushing the Pay It Forward concept lately. We had a very generous kindness paid to us by a total stranger and I used that as a springboard to teach my kids about Karma.

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  60. share with others

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  61. I stress showing empathy for others and respect.

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  62. model good behavior

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  63. Always follow the golden rule. Treat others as you want to be treated.

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  64. I encourage them by acting accordingly. Actions speak louder than words!

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  65. carol lewis10:19 PM

    Treat people like you want to be treated.
    spcale at yahoo dot com

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  66. To treat others with respect

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  67. Be respectful to others!

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  68. I encourage my kids to demonstrate Clifford's BIG Ideas for good character by sharing

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  69. I encourage them to be nice.
    donna444444@yahoo.com

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  70. by being respectful to others

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