Friday, May 23, 2008

Are You Eating Fresh?

I received an email today about a contest that Subway is running for kids. It was noted on their Fresh Buzz webpage.

Basically the contest runs like this. They give you a "story starter" such as The Mysterious Meatball. "When the invitation to the Meatball came in the mail..." and the child finishes the story in 500 words or less. Sounds cute.

What can the kids win? The Grand Prize Winner gets:
  • $5000 in athletic equipment for the child's school
  • A Scholastic gift bastket (the misspelling is theirs)
  • $100 Subway gift card
  • Seeing your story published on the website and in Scholastic's Parent and Child magazine

The kicker? Homeschoolers can't participate. Really. It says that.

"Contest is open only to legal residents of the Untied [sic] States who are currently over the age of 18 and have children who attend elementary, private or parochial schools that serve grades PreK-6. No home schools will be accepted."

No home schools accepted. Wow. I do understand not wanting to give $5000 worth of playground equipment to one person, so what about saying the winner receives $5000 worth of playground equipment "to donate to the school or park of his/her choice?"

Many homeschooled kids across the nation participate in physical education programs that are run by volunteer parents and are held at public parks. Donating the equipment to a public park would benefit the whole community. It is just SO offensive to me that homeschoolers are just excluded from the contest. Period.

Scholastic Books is a corporate sponsor of this contest. I have written them as well as to Subway. If you'd like to contact Subway and Scholastic as well, just click here for a link to Scholastic's Customer Service page and click here for a link to Subway's Customer Service page.

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