Del Monte contacted me about doing a giveaway for their Teacher Monday promotion they have going on right now and I loved the sound of it (especially with Seamus starting school earlier this fall).
Here is some about Teacher Monday;
DEL MONTE FRESH SUPPORTS TEACHERS WITH CASH & FRESH FRUIT IN
"TEACHER MONDAY: CASH FOR CLASSROOMS"
Del Monte Fresh Produce, North America, Inc. announced today that it is launching a program to help support kindergarten thru 12th grade public school teachers across North and Central America with cash to purchase school supplies and fresh fruit in the “Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms” campaign. One hundred prizes totaling $1,000 each will be awarded to teachers who get the most votes in the “Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms” online contest at www.fruits.com.
“Monday’s can be difficult for all of us, but public school teachers face even bigger challenges these days with the largest budget cuts in 30 years expected this academic year,” said Dennis Christou, Vice President, Marketing, North America for Del Monte Fresh Produce. “Larger classrooms and far less supplies are putting enormous pressure on our teachers. The “Teacher Monday” program was designed to take some of the burden off teachers, many who pay for school supplies out of their own pockets. It will also provide teachers with tools and incentives to incorporate healthy eating messages into their curriculums, giving us an opportunity to help school children eat and live healthier,” Christou added.
To be eligible to win, teachers must register for the “Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms” online contest at www.fruits.com. After teachers register their name and school, they can get all their fans -- from parents to students, to friends and family -- to vote for them. Ten winners will be selected each Monday for five consecutive weeks in October/November, 2010, for a total of 50 winning teachers North American teachers. Winners are based solely on the number of votes they receive. Winning teachers will receive $750 in cash to purchase school supplies and $250 in Del Monte fresh fruit coupons for classroom snacks and to use in fruit educational activities.
In an effort to support schools in less developed countries where many Del Monte products are grown, and where classrooms are also experiencing economic disadvantages, the “Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms” program will link winning U.S. classrooms with a school in Guatemala or Costa Rica. The 50 selected Central American schools will also receive $1,000 each for school supplies.
“By linking U.S. and Central American schools, we want to help further the education of students by introducing them to another culture. Our hope is that sister schools will communicate with each other about fun physical activities and their favorite fruit dishes,” said Christou.
Beginning early Fall, consumers can expect to see “Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms” stickers on Del Monte Fresh Produce such as pineapples, bananas, melons, grapes, tomatoes and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, as well as colorful posters and other materials in produce departments.
Finally, each week of promotion, Del Monte will distribute $25 gift certificate booklets for Del Monte Fresh Produce to consumers in major markets across the U.S. and Canada. Consumers will be notified about the giveaways via Twitter, Facebook, and radio promotions.
Check it out on their web page Fruits.com, while you're looking also add them on Twitter and Facebook.
Entering is easy, the Teacher goes to fruits.com and sign up, fill out the information and write a little something about yourself and what you would use the prize for ($1000, $750 cash and $250 in fresh fruit gift certificates, awarded every Monday to ten teachers), as well as how you promote or plan to promote healthy eating to your classroom. After you submit your 'essay' tell your students, their parents, friends and families to vote for you (they can vote once a day). The top 10 teachers receiving the most votes will receive the prizes, every Monday (started October 18th). Also votes from non-winning teachers will carry over so keep voting!
I also wanted to point out some yummy fruit recipes that are listed on fruits.com, they look super yummy and I may try to get Seamus to eat some of them.
I will have a giveaway posted in a few days with two $25 Del Monte gc's so be on the lookout, but in the mean time tell your childrens teachers to sign up for this! Fruits.com also has some fun fruit facts on their site so I'm going to try to post one fact a day about a fruit to help promote this :D