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ONE Nashville LogoIs it still volunteering if you can win cash? You bet it is!

OneNashville.org is enticing you to volunteer in our schools by putting cash and prizes on the line. You can enter as yourself, enter your whole school or enter your business.

It's easy.

Log on to OneNashville.org and choose volunteer opportunities in our schools. Be sure to log your hours on the website. And that's it. Really, that's it!

When you hit the minimum number of hours you will be entered into a drawing. There are three separate prizes for individual, school and business:

  • $1,000 for you

  • $1,000 for your school

  • a full page ad in The Tennessean for your business

Here's the fine print:

Criteria to win:

Individual: Anyone who logs 12 hours or more will be entered into the drawing.

Business: Employee volunteers must log an average of 2.5 hours each. For example, if a company has 10 employees who volunteer in Metro Nashville Public Schools, they would need to log at least 25 combined hours for the business to be entered into the drawing.

School: In order to keep the playing field equal for large and small schools, each school will need an average of one volunteer hour logged per student per year to be eligible for the prize. Since the time frame leading up to the drawing is three months, schools must divide the number of students by four to find out how many volunteer hours are needed to be entered into the drawing. For example, if a school has 200 students, they would need to log 50 hours to be eligible.

Get started!


The Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Someone in a Middle Tennessee high school is going to win $1,000. Will it be you? 

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations is given to a high school student whose efforts have had a significantly positive effect on race relations in his or her school or community.

So how do you win? It's easy. Fill out part 1 of the application and have a "supporter" (teacher, mentor, religious leader, etc.) fill out part 2. You can even apply online.

The deadline to submit is January 31, 2013, so don't hesitate. Apply now and the Princeton Prize could be yours!


Congratulations to our two Optional School Application iPad winners!

Amber Trice and CoCo Thomas both visited their fair share of schools during the application period to see first-hand what schools had to offer to their students. They also took the time to enter our contest, open to all parents who visited schools for the Optional Schools Application.

Their contest entries came from Maplewood High School and Meigs Middle Magnet School, where they filled out our short survey, which was also an entry form.

Thank you for playing, and we hope the iPads come in handy!

Amber Trice iPad Winner
Amber Trice
CoCo Thomas iPad Winner
CoCo Thomas


Hey art teachers! The Nossi College of Art has something for you.

Help them design a new tote bag and you could win $500 in art supplies for your classroom.

Full details:

Nossi College of Art believes an arts education is important for all high school students. Because of this, Nossi is hosting Art Makes Cent$, a contest open to all Middle Tennessee art teachers! Win and you will receive a Nossi College of Art goody bag plus a $500 gift card to Plaza Art Materials to help buy art supplies for your classroom.

  • During the 2012/2013 school year, admissions rep Gerald Graves will be contacting Middle Tennessee high school art teachers to participate in Art Makes Cent$.

  • Art teachers should design their Nossi recycled bag, take a picture of the finished design and send the picture to Libby Funke, LFunke@nossi.edu, before March 15, 2013.

  • Photos will be posted to Facebook on March 25, 2013. The contest will run for 2 weeks. Fans from Nossi College of Art’s Facebook page will be asked to vote on their favorite design. The teacher with the most ‘likes’ will receive a $500 gift card to Plaza Art Materials. Use this money to buy art supplies for your classroom!

Want to make sure you receive a Nossi recycled bag? Contact Gerald to schedule a visit with your classroom!

615/514.2787 or GGraves@nossi.edu


The Nashville Public Library Foundation invites all Davidson County High School students (ages 13-18) to submit a very short story in honor of the 2012 Nashville Public Library Literary Award recipient, Margaret Atwood.

About the contest

Students are asked to write an original and creative story of no less than 5 and no more than 10 sentences inspired by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale or this photo:

The Handmaid's Tale

Three finalists and the winner will be honored at the Literary Award Public Reading on October 27. One winner will receive the grand prize of a Kindle and $50 Amazon gift card. Finalist stories will be published on the Nashville Public Library Foundation website.

 View complete rules and entry guidelines.

Entries will be accepted

September 20 – October 4, 2012

Entries may be submitted online



Mail one printed copy of submission to:

Nashville Public Library Foundation

Essay Contest

615 Church Street

Nashville, TN 37219

Handwritten entries will not be considered. Finalists will be notified beforehand. Winners will be announced at the NPLF Literary Award Public Reading on Saturday, October 27. Contact Stephanie.Koehler@nplf.org with questions.


Constitution Day is Sept. 17 and to celebrate the Baker Center is having a Constitution Day Essay Contest!

Attention all students – 9th grade to seniors in college! In an essay of no more than 500 words, respond to the following quote:

“I’m ready to wager my life’s meaning that what America will be remembered for in the centuries to come is the staggering achievement of taking different people from all over the world and building a great civilization.”

-- Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr.

Baker, H. (1980) No Margin for Error. New York, NY: New York Times Book Co.
Your written response may take any form you choose: agree, disagree, provide an example(s), propose an alternative viewpoint, expand upon this thought, or relate this in some way to our celebration of the Constitution.

To submit an essay, email your (.doc or .docx) file to:


Deadline for submission is September 10th, 2012, by 11:59 p.m.

Winners will be chosen in two categories (high school and college) and announced September 17, 2012.

1st Prize: $250

2nd Prize: $150

For more information on Senator Baker or the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, please visit: http://bakercenter.utk.edu

Rules for Essay Contest Participants

  1. A cover page should be submitted with the essay which includes: author name, high school or college, grade/year in school, home address, daytime phone number and email address. Do not include your name within the body of the essay.

  2. Essays must be the original work of student whose name accompanies the submission.

  3. The contest is open to 9th – 12th graders in high school and freshman – seniors in college.

  4. Limit one submission per person

  5. Essays should be submitted online, preferably in doc or docx format and be 500 words or less

  6. Essays received after the stated deadline will be not be considered for an award

  7. Submission of essay constitutes author’s permission for publication on Baker Center/University of Tennessee websites or in other written materials.

  8. Essays will be judged anonymously and the judges will be chosen by Baker Center staff and advisors. The decision of those judges is final. Employees of the Baker Center are not eligible.


American Idol Ticket Winner

Congratulations to Jose G., seventh grader at Neely’s Bend Middle School, for winning the American Idol vs. Vaccinations contest. Jose along with three additional guest will enjoy and evening of singing at the American Idol Live! contest, Sunday, Aug. 12, at Bridgestone Arena.


Are you a vaccinated MNPS 7th grader? You could win tickets to American Idol Live!

American Idol Live! tickets to be given to one vaccinated Metro Schools 7th grader

Diphtheria is a serious illness. Whooping Cough (Pertussis) claims young lives every year. Exposure to tetanus is common and can be debilitating, even fatal. Chicken Pox (varicella) hospitalizes hundreds of children annually. Tennessee law requires every 7th grader in the state to get fresh vaccines to protect against these health hazards before entering school.

These are all good reasons to be vaccinated and here’s one more: a vaccinated Metro Nashville Public Schools 7th grader will win four tickets to the American Idol Live! Tour at Bridgestone Arena Sunday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.

DOWNLOAD our flyer for the full details - then share it with your friends!


Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Skylar Laine will appear in concert in the AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! Tour 2012.

The tickets will be given to a randomly selected 7th grade student with up-to-date vaccinations on a Tennessee Immunization Certificate or to a student who has a religious or medical exemption per Tennessee law. Seventh grade students are required to have a Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis booster (Tdap), and a second dose of the Varicella vaccine (or physician confirmation of history of Varicella). Tennessee Child Care and School Immunization requirements are on the TDH website at:

Families should submit students’ vaccination records to their schools by Thursday, Aug. 9, so their 7th graders will be eligible to win the concert tickets—and to attend classes without interruption. The winner will be notified on Friday.

Despite numerous efforts to inform families of the now 3-year-old requirement, Metro Schools’ preliminary counts indicate as many as 3,000 7th grade students started the year without the two additional vaccinations. Metro Health Department officials recommend parents take their children to their family's doctor or pediatrician for a well child exam along with the immunizations. The Health Department offers immunizations to anyone seeking the shots but wants to reach those without insurance, those who do not have a physician, and any child who has difficulty getting in to see a healthcare provider to get a required vaccine.

Immunizations are offered from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday at all three Metro Health Centers: East Health Center, 1015 East Trinity Lane; Woodbine Health Center, 224 Oriel Ave.; and Lentz Health Center, 311 23rd Ave. North. Parents are reminded to bring their child's immunization record with them to make sure shots are up to date.

For more information about children's immunizations, please call the Health Department at 340-5667, Monday – Friday. Information is also available online


School Library MonthApril is School Library Month!

Nashville's Limitless Libraries program wants you to know that "You Belong @ Your School Library" by hosting contests this month. The grand prize? A new iPad!

It's kind of like a scavenger hunt in your library. You'll have a set of challenges you must complete in your library, like checking out a non-fiction book or paying off all of your fines. Check off each challenge on the form and you could win.

There are separate contests for high school students and middle school students, and only students at schools participating in Limitless Libraries are eligible. If you have any questions, just ask your school librarian.

High School Challenge

  • DOWNLOAD the challenge form.

  • Complete all ten challenges (including signatures for each one) by April 27.

  • Turn in your form to your school librarian by April 30.

Middle School Challenge

  • DOWNLOAD the challenge form.

  • Complete all fifteen challenges (including signatures for each one) by April 27.

  • Turn in your form to your school librarian by April 30.

  • BONUS: Design a Limitless Libraries Bookmark! Your school librarian will choose a schoolwide winner. The folk at Limitless Libraries will choose an overall winner. That lucky artist will get to help design next year's Limitless Libraries Bookmark!

There's much more information on these contests and the Limitless Libraries program on their website. Check it out! (Pun intended.)


Essay contest winners with Shoney's executives
Hannibal Myers, chief development officer of Shoney's; Oskar Groitzsch; Magdalene Kennedy; Angel Puryear; and Catherine Hite, general counsel of Shoney's.
Students from Hume-Fogg, McGavock and Stratford High Schools took home free iPads after winning big in the "My Future, My Way" essay contest from MNPS, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Shoney's.

The three's essays were among thousands turned in after the Career Exploration Fair in October. Of those thousands, one winner was chosen from each school, with three grand prize winners chosen by a panel of judges. Magdalene Kennedy, Angel Puryear, and Oskar Groitzsch wrote the three winning essays and each received an iPad as reward.

A full release from the Chamber of Commerce, including the list of all seventeen school-level winners, is below.

Nashville's business recognize leaders
Metro Nashville Public Schools freshmen
ssay contest winners receive prizes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 7, 2011) – Seventeen ninth-grade Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) students were recognized by leaders in Nashville’s business community today as winners of the inaugural "My Future, My Way" Career Exploration Fair essay contest.

More than 4,500 freshmen from 17 different MNPS schools attended the career exploration fair at the Nashville Convention Center on Oct. 27. As part of Shoney’s five-year sponsorship of the "My Future, My Way" Career Exploration Fair, students later wrote an essay about how the experience impacted their thoughts about school, college and an eventual career. Each of the 17 schools selected an essay winner, and a panel composed of judges from MNPS, Shoney’s and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce selected three grand prize winners. The three grand prize winners read their essays at today’s CEO Champions meeting, and each received a new iPad. The remaining 14 winners will each receive a $100 Shoney’s gift card.

“These students are already ahead, because they are exploring their interests and thinking about college and what they might want to do in life,” said David Davoudpour, chairman & CEO of Shoney’s. “Shoney’s Restaurants is investing in Nashville’s young people, because we feel it’s important to help develop America’s future leaders.”

“This year’s fair was not only bigger than in the past, it was even more engaging and inspiring for our students,” said Dr. Jesse Register, director of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. “It is important for young people to broaden their horizons about the many careers that could be in their futures. The career fair not only introduces students to new career possibilities, it also helps them understand how they can prepare for those careers during high school and through higher education. We appreciate Shoney’s for making this experience possible.”

"My Future, My Way" Career Exploration Fair essay contest winners

  • Magdalene Kennedy, Hume Fogg Academic Magnet School (grand prize)

  • Angel Puryear, McGavock High School (grand prize)

  • Oskar Groitzsch, Stratford High School (grand prize)

  • Kelcie Walden, Antioch High School

  • Austin Hayes, Big Picture School

  • Sandra Watson, Cane Ridge High School

  • Stephanie Webb, East Literature Magnet School

  • Aaron Davis, Glencliff High School

  • Efrain Salazar, Hillsboro High School

  • Matcie Sitze, Hillwood High School

  • Cory Nelson, Hunters Lane High School

  • Destiny Anderson, Maplewood High School

  • Dheeraj Namburu, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School

  • Iris Engel, Nashville School for the Arts

  • Niesha Everson, Pearl-Cohn High School

  • Lilly Quach, Overton High School

  • Tovia Williams, Whites Creek High School
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is Middle Tennessee’s largest business federation, representing more than 2,000 member companies. Belong, engage, lead, prosper embodies what the Chamber focuses on for its members. Together with its affiliates, the Nashville Chamber works to strengthen the region’s business climate and to enhance Nashville’s position as a desirable place to live, work and visit. For more information, visit www.nashvillechamber.com.


Hurry! The deadline is Friday, September 2!

Our good friends at Conexión Américas are ready to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) by celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of Latino families in our community.

They're kicking things off by celebrating the writing accomplishments of some young Latino writers with an essay contest called "My Latino Roots, My American Dream."

Writers must be Latino students in Middle Tennessee, grades 9-12. Essays can be up to three pages, typed and double-spaced. They can be written in either English or Spanish. The winning writer wins a personal computer! Two runners-up will received gift certificates.

All essays must be in by Friday, September 2, at 5:00 p.m.

Full details

More on Hispanic Heritage Month & Conexión Américas

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