Character's Cool Contest 2005:
Bullying -- for young students
contest creates awareness and rewards students and schools
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[JAN. 28, 2005]
HOUSTON -- MindOH!
Foundation's fourth annual Character's Cool Contest spotlights this
year's theme, "bullying." By reflecting on the issues of bullying
and voicing their views, eligible participants can win great prizes
such as a Nintendo Game Cube or a new computer.
Bullying is a widespread problem that
has affected most of us at some point in our lives. It is especially
difficult, even traumatic, for young people. Thirty percent of
students in grades 6-10 in U.S. public and private schools report
moderate or frequent involvement in bullying, either as a bully
themselves, a victim or both. This year's contest aims to help kids
understand the thoughts and emotions that go along with bullying and
how bullies are not always the people you expect.
The Character's Cool Contest is
accepting entries through Feb. 11. All secondary students ages 11-18
in the United States and Canada are eligible.
contest is actually three contests in one:
- Students can fill out the online
survey to win prizes such as a Nintendo Game Cube, a portable
CD-MP3 player, gift certificates, games or sports memorabilia.
- Students can also enter the essay
contest to win cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for
second place and $175 for third place.
- The school with the most survey
entries wins the grand prize of a new computer and a one-year
subscription to the
Discipline and Life Skills Series." The second-place school
receives Project Wisdom's
character education materials.
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Founded in 2000, MindOH is a
character education company that teaches elementary and secondary
students problem-solving techniques and communications skills
through Web-based, interactive computer modules. Through the
modules, students develop strong character and a healthier
self-concept, which link to academic and lifelong success.
For more information about the
contest, go to