Arizona’s publicly funded schools have one month to apply to win $15,000 of a total $21,000 in cash as Bookmans Entertainment Exchange opens the 2014 Bookmans School Challenge. Bookmans has received applications from public and charter elementary, middle and high schools throughout the state in support of science, literacy and the arts in the classroom and in after school programs.
“The School Challenge allows us to get to know individual schools and the precise issues they face. It informs our outreach efforts so we can help schools meet specific needs,” says Sheila Kressler-Crowley, Marketing Director for Bookmans. “Schools who didn’t make the top ten or didn’t apply in 2013 should apply this year, because entering the School Challenge helps us develop year-around relationships with schools.”
In the Bookmans School Challenge, schools describe their innovation, creativity and successes and how a financial boost will help them remove obstacles to their goals. Effective applications establish a need and build on the strengths of the schools.
Bookmans funded Alpine Leadership Academy’s B.E.A.M (Bookmans Expeditionary Alpine Mobile) in 2013 to help transport students on excursions to the Colorado Plateau. “The B.E.A.M. is part of the legacy that this very first class of Alpine Leadership Academy students will leave to future students and a symbol of the expeditionary learning that will take place with these groups,” says Josh Armstrong, the Alpine science teacher who applied for the School Challenge. “As this group of Alpine students prepares to move on to high school they look at this experience as theirs.”
The initial online application process for schools began Oct. 1 and ends on Dec. 1. For more information on deadlines and the submission process, schools are encouraged to visit www.bookmans.com/community/school-challenge. The winner of the 2014 Bookmans School Challenge will be announced March 3, 2014.
Bookmans values educators and offers year round support through Project: Educate (a reward program for teachers) and READ 10 (a reading incentive program for students), as well as Kids Club for children and 1317 program for teens. Additional information on all of these programs can be found at www.bookmans.com.