'Building for the Future' 2010 competition launched
Independent Newspapers Ireland's €1.5m 'Building for the Future' 2010 competition, which was launched last week, invites primary schools throughout the country to compile a mini-project in written and photographic format on a selected local business.
From the tiniest corner shop in the village to the largest factory in the town, pupils are encouraged to tell the story of their chosen business, how it has changed over the years and how it contributes to the life of the local surrounding community.
Each school must collect 20 tokens per pupil to participate in the 'Building for the Future' initiative. Upon registration schools will receive a free Philips 22inch TV and educational DVD and every school that submits a project will receive a matching Philips music stereo.
The best overall national entry will receive a first prize of a €20,000 school development cash grant. Four provincial winners will each receive a state-of-the-art Smartboard worth over €7,000, and 26 county winners will each receive a €3,000 school development cash grant.
Projects must be submitted by June 18, 2010, and the winner will be announced at a televised presentation ceremony in September 2010.
'Building for the Future' tokens will appear daily in the Irish Independent, Ireland's largest quality daily newspaper, and weekly in the Sunday Independent from Monday, January 11, 2010, until Sunday, April 11, 2010.
To register, schools can log on to www.independent.ie/bftf or call 1800 940 318.
This year, for the first time ever, participating schools will also have the opportunity to host their very own webpage on www.independent.ie/bftf.
Pupils can fully customise their webpage, upload images and update it as they progress with their project. They will also receive instant updates and advance notice of bonus tokens.
And a member of staff in their local Bank of Ireland branch will also be available to help participating students.
Commenting on the launch Declan Carlyle, managing director of Independent Newspapers Ireland, stated: "Through our 'Building for the Future' initiative, we are committed to enriching primary schools and their communities through fun, education-based projects. Since we established the programme in 2001, 'Building for the Future' has distributed over €9m worth of prizes and funding to 3,000 primary schools nationwide."
Des Crowley, Bank of Ireland chief executive officer Retail (Ireland and UK), which is sponsoring the competition, said: "This year's theme offers children a great opportunity to work together and learn about the significant role that local businesses play in building Irish communities."
TV3 will continue as media partner for the 'Building for the Future' initiative and will profile the work of participating pupils across the channel in the coming months.
Pat Kiely, commercial director of TV3, commented: "We will be tracking some of the school entries over the coming months. Watch out for some great 'Our Local Business' stories on TV3 in the coming months".