Bretford- Oldest Furniture Contest

Fans of our Facebook page know that we appreciate the longevity that our school furniture selection offers our customers.  Furniture that was built to last, does just that.  Bretford is now giving away an incredible prize to those who have held onto those classic school furniture pieces of days gone by.  They are asking for video submissions highlighting their old Bretford furniture products that are still in use.  This should be easy, as it’s hard to walk into any school and not see a TV or projector perched on top of a Bretford cart.  Bretford TV Cart

For the last 60-plus years, Bretford has been making tables, carts, shelving and other furniture products for K-12 and higher education environments. Many of Bretford’s earliest models are still being used.  Bretford’s “Oldest Product” video contest is open to all educators, business professionals and facilities managers that either use or select furniture products in a school or training facility. Entrants must provide proof of employment.  Entrants may submit their “Oldest Product” videos between June 7, 2010 and July 31, 2010. The grand prize winner will be selected on August 16, 2010.

So what’s the prize? You guessed it, more Bretford classroom furniture!  A whole room’s worth to be exact.  One facility will receive a full room of Bretford furniture to accommodate 30 students/professionals, just in time for the 2010/2011 school year. The grand prize package will consist of:

For a full list of contest rules and submission details, please visit http://sandbox.bretford.com/contests/contest.php.   Good Luck!

School Ground US Stencil Map Giveaway

Enter your school today in the “Learn to Play”U.S. Playground Map Stencil Giveaway.  The beautiful geographically and proportionately accurate educational map stencil is 16 feet by 27 feet and extends the classroom curriculum to recess and outdoor play.

Have students study up on their geography indoors using indoor political maps or educational carpets this winter.  Then when spring rolls around students can take what they know out to their oversized outdoor map. History and geography comes alive with the games and activities included in the stencil set.

This geographically and proportionately accurate map of the United States is easy to apply and can be painted by four adults and 10 children in three hours.

United States Map Stencil

  • Complete instructions with paint specifications.
  • This affordable, high quality, eight section single use paper stencil has holes which define detailed borders of the 50 states and the five Great Lakes.
  • Continental U.S. (48 states) covers an area 16′ x 27′
  • Scale 1 foot = 100 miles.
  • Encourages Educational Classroom Projects in History, Economics, Geography and Politics.

Visit Peaceful Playgrounds website today for contest rules and entry form.  Hurry, contest drawing is March 31, 2010. 

Einstein Fellowship for Classroom Teachers

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program offers current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching an opportunity to serve in the national public policy arena. Fellows provide practical insight in establishing and operating education programs. Fellowships increase understanding, communication, and cooperation between legislative and executive branches and the science, mathematics, and technology. education community.

If you know a teacher that excels behind their science lab tablecomputer table or can spends hours working a formula on a dry erase board, suggest that they take their expertise to Capital Hill. 


Albert Einstein Fellows bring to Congress and appropriate branches of the federal government the extensive knowledge and experience of classroom teachers. They provide practical insights and “real world” perspectives to policy makers and program managers developing or managing educational programs. During the Fellowship, each Einstein Fellow receives a monthly stipend of $6000.00 plus a $1000.00 monthly cost of living allowance. In addition, there is a moving/relocation allowance as well as a professional travel allowance.
Deadline for application is January 13, 2010.



Open Entry for Vernier Science Awards

Attention science instructors, the 2010 Vernier/National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Technology Award is now up for grabs. Every year, the program awards cash, technology, and travel funds for science teachers that present innovative use of data-collection technology using graphing calculator, computer, or other handheld equipment in the science classroom.

Every year students gather around their science lab tablesand work on experiments, so why not get innovative and inspire and motivate students with this reward.

Vernier will award up to seven prizes to K-12 and post-secondary educators:

  • One award at the Elementary Level (Grades K-5)
  • Two awards at the Middle School Level (Grades 6-8)
  • Three awards at the High School Level (Grades 9-12)
  • One award at the College Level

The prizes, valued at $3,000, include $1,000 cash, $1,000 in Vernier equipment, and $1,000 towards a trip to the 2010 NSTA National Convention.

“Our goal at Vernier is to get teachers and students excited science and it is our hope that more and more students become interested in STEM careers. Hands-on activities using probeware allows students to conduct experiments using 21st century technology,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier, in a statement released this week. “This awards program has been successful in both honoring creative, forward-thinking science teaching and in bringing these techniques to other educators to use in the classroom.”

According to Vernier, successful applicants will enter projects involving hands-on, inquiry-based learning and data collection using computers and handheld devices, such as Vernier LabQuest.

Entries are due Nov. 30. Information and applications can be found on the Vernier website.

What kind of experiments will you introduce to your students?