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Bel Air School Competes For Funds, School Supplies

Emmorton Elementary School is participating in the "Avery Give Back to School" contest.

In tough economic times, one local elementary school is looking outside the box for funding.

Staff and parents connected to are competing in a cyber voting contest for the prize of $13,500 in cash, gift cards and office supplies that is awarded to the school with the most votes, according to a release.

Emmorton Elementary is currently ranked fourth in the nationwide Avery Give Back to Schools contest and needs votes to push them above the rest. Voting is open through Sept. 14.

Avery makes a number of school supplies students use regularly, such as glue sticks and sticky notes.

"Avery is a participating partner in Box Tops for Education, a nationwide fundraising program dedicated to helping America's schools get the things they need—from books and school supplies to playground equipment to computers," according to the company's website.

The top five finishing schools will be given 25,000 Box Tops for Education coupons, $10,000 worth of Avery school supplies and gift cards worth $1,000. Twenty-five runner-up schools will be given 10,000 Box Tops for Education coupons.

Adults with valid email addresses are eligible to vote once a day, every day of the contest. Voting is simple and involves registering and casting a vote here.

Do you have innovative ideas about how to help local students? Leave a comment.

smsmom August 01, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Every school in the county is entered in this contest. Vote for your own schools to win. We are all in need of help during these economic times.
Julie Lyons August 02, 2012 at 04:41 AM
This is a very quick and easy way to support a Bel Air school. I just voted and it took less than 30 seconds... Go Emmorton Elementary!
DeMennato August 02, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Its not just county schools! St. Margaret School is also entered and is moving up fast. Just because it is a private school does not mean its immune to poor a poor economic climate. It hits them even worse considering drops in enrollment. Please consider helping these schools as well. They provide a great education for my kids without tax dollars!
mary humphreys August 02, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Go Emmorton!!!!! A special thank you goes out to our team of parent volunteers that send countless hours everyday placing votes. Your support is greatly appreciated. We can win this contest! Spread the word please.
Jill Marinich August 02, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Thank you Mary Ann for all you do for Emmorton! Let's go Emmorton.
Kara Howard August 02, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Way to go Mary Ann! Guess what people you can vote for your school AND ours! Vote for Emmorton!
HarfordCountyMom August 02, 2012 at 11:10 PM
I'm expecting to see a non-biased article with links to ALL Harford County schools, public & private. This, being a 'Bel Air' site should not be completely biased to ONE school. I don't think I will hold my breath... And, as noted above, you can vote for more than one school! There are more prizes than the grand prize. Why not pull together & vote for all the county schools while you are at it & keep it in Harford Co.!
RUTH PICARELLO August 02, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Grandmother, It's a good thing for everyone to vote for their school of choice. Remember, this isn't just for public schools, all schools can be voted. I'm voting for St Margarets in Bel Air.
Kirsten Dize August 06, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Thanks for alerting me to St. Margarets and other schools involved: Check out the list here and let's help our local schools! http://patch.com/A-wGLD
Kirsten Dize August 06, 2012 at 04:19 PM
That was a great idea! Check out the roundup here: http://patch.com/A-wGLD. If you think I missed someone let me know! -KD
Ahmad0001 December 18, 2012 at 05:14 AM
I just voted and it took less than 30 seconds... Go Emmorton Elementary! http://www.onlinedatastoragesite.com/software-tools/software-program-for-building-desktop-programs.html

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