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June 30—All-USA teachers: Nominations are due for the All-USA Teacher Team, sponsored by USA Today newspaper, for individual K-12 educators or teams of up to five K-12 team teachers. Teachers must be certified, teaching full time for the 2000- 2001 school year, and have at least four years of teaching experience. Nominations can be made by anyone and should describe the teacher’s achievements. Contact: Web site: academic/intro.htm; or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope specifying the All-USA Teacher Team to Carol Skalski, USA Today, 1000 Wilson Blvd., 10th floor, Arlington, VA 22229.

July 1—Crafts: Submissions are due for the third annual National Creative Lesson Plan Contest, sponsored by the Hobby Industry Association, for teachers, as part of National Craft Month. Educators submit K-8 lesson plans that incorporate crafting and core curricula. The most creative and innovative proposal earns a $500 gift certificate for school craft supplies; finalists win $50 gift certificates. The number of winners depends on the number of entries. Contact: NCM Lesson Plan, PO Box 217, Rockaway, NJ 07866; Web site: www.

*Sept. 30—Internet education: Nominations are due for the Internet Educator of the Year award, sponsored by Classroom Connect, for K-12 educators that use the Internet for teaching. Contact: Carol Lynch, CC, (410) 975-9638; Web site:


Open dates—Photography: Starlight Cameras, the makers of the pinhole camera and darkroom kit, give a complimentary camera to a school every week. Pinhole cameras can be used to study image formation without a darkroom. To request a camera, darkroom kit, and instruction book, teachers must send a description of their photography program and their school address. Contact: Jim Kosinski, SC, PO Box 540, Cherry Valley, NY 13320; (607) 264-3480; e-mail:; Web site:


June 30—Inventors: Submissions are due for the Ghostline Poster Contest, sponsored by, the Web site of Ghostline poster board, for students in grades 2-9. Students submit posters on the topic of “My Favorite Inventor.” Entries must be on 11-by-14 inch Ghostline poster board. One first-prize winner in each grade will receive $100 for the student and $25 for his or her teacher. Second- and third-place winners in each grade will receive $50 for the students and $25 for their teachers; 50 honorable mentions win $5. Winners are announced in August during National Inventors Month. Contact: GPC, PO Box 251248, Plano, TX 75025; (972) 312- 0090; e-mail:; Web site:

July 1—Literary magazines: Submissions are due for the Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. Literary magazines published between September 1999 and July 2000 by senior high, junior high, and middle school students will be judged in state competitions. Entry fee: $25. Contact: PRESLM, NCTE, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096; (800) 369-6283; e-mail:; Web site: tml.

July 1—Oration: Submissions are due for an oratorical contest sponsored by Optimist International, a volunteer organization devoted to providing services for youths. Interested students must prepare a 4-5 minute speech on the topic ‘We Are the Future’ and present it at their local Optimist Clubs. Club-level winners will receive medallions; zone-level winners will receive plaques; district-level winners will receive plaques and college scholarships of varying amounts. Contact: Optimist International, Programs Department, Oratorical Coordinator, 4494 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108; (800) 500- 8130, ext. 224; fax: (314) 371-6006; e-mail:; Web site:

July 1—Poetry: Submissions are due for the 2001 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards, an annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit, sponsored by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, an international educational organization. Awards include two youth prizes of $200 each, one for students ages 12 and under and one for ages 13 to 18, and an adult prize of $1,000. A committee of poets selected by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation chooses the winners as well as honorable mentions in each category. For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Contest, NAPF, PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794; Web site:

August 15—Business plan: Submissions are due for the 2001 National Business Plan Competition for Young Women, sponsored by Independent Means Inc., a company that produces programs and products promoting girls’ financial independence. Girls ages 13 to 21 create and submit original business plans. Five U.S. winners will receive $2,500 and an all expenses-paid trip to a major U.S. city for an awards ceremony and a women’s business conference. Contact: IMI, 126 Powers Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93103; (805) 965-0475 or (800) 350-1816; fax: (805) 965-3148; e-mail:; Web site:

August 31—Ice cream: Submissions are due for an essay contest sponsored by Dreyer’s/Edy’s Grand Ice Cream, for students ages 6 to 14 who want to be official ice cream tasters. Students submit essays of 500 words or less titled “Why I Would Be a Great Ice Cream Taster.” Winners will receive an all expenses-paid trip to the Dreyer’s/Edy’s Ice Cream Factory in San Francisco, a tour of the factory, and the opportunity to test the latest ice cream flavors. Contact: Kid Ice Cream Taster Contest, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, 5929 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618; Web site:

Open dates— Caring award: The Caring Institute seeks nominations of students age 18 or younger who demonstrate extraordinary compassion, caring, and selflessness. Five winners will each receive a $2,000 college scholarship, an expenses-paid trip to Washington, and a place in the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans. Contact: CI, 320 A St. N.E., Washington, DC 20002; (202) 547-4273; e-mail: inquiry@caring-

Open dates—Community service: Prudential Insurance’s Spirit of Community Initiative is accepting applications for the Prudential Youth Leadership Institute, for high school students who demonstrate leadership potential in their communities. Participants in the program complete 30 hours of curriculum work and a community-service project that they choose, create, and implement. Contact: Points of Light Foundation, 1400 I St. N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 729-8000; Web site:

Open dates—Creativity:Creative Kids magazine, a product of Prufrock Press, a publisher of literature to support the education of gifted children, requests submissions from students ages 8 to 14. Original cartoons, songs, stories of 800 to 900 words, puzzles, photographs, artwork, games, activities, editorials, poetry, and plays are accepted. Students whose materials are selected for publication will receive a free copy of the Creative Kids issue in which their work appears. Contact: Submissions Editor, CK, PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714- 8813; (800) 998-2208; Web site:

Open dates—Environmental newspaper:Greentimes, an environmental newspaper written by and for students, requests stories, opinions, comments, and ideas for publication. Contact: Elizabeth Gilmore, Greentimes, 55 Reservoir St., Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 868-5760; Web site:

Open dates—History journal:The Concord Review, the only quarterly journal to publish secondary students’ academic work, accepts student essays on historical topics. Essays should be approximately 5,000 words, plus endnotes. Submissions chosen for publication are eligible for the Emerson Prize, a $3,000 award. Contact: CR, PO Box 661, Concord, MA 01742; (800) 331-5007 or (978) 443- 0022; e-mail:; Web site:

Open dates—Pen pals: World Pen Pals promotes international friendship and cultural understanding between young people around the world. Students in grades 4 through college are invited to request an overseas pen pal. Teachers may request a brochure on class participation. Contact: WPP, PO Box 337, Saugerties, NY 12477; (914) 246- 7828.

Open dates—Student videos: CNN Newsroom & WorldView, Turner Broadcasting’s news and features program for schools, airs student-produced videos. Students may submit reports of no more than 21/2 minutes on any topic, although they are encouraged to focus on CNN’s monthly themes. Participation is open to schools enrolled in the CNN Newsroom & WorldView classroom program. Contact: CNN Newsroom Program, 1 CNN Center, PO Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30348- 5366; (800) 344-6219; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the June 13, 2001 edition of Education Week


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