Back by popular demand from parents and teachers, Del Monte Fresh Produce, N.A., Inc. (Del Monte) announced today it will hold its second annual online contest "Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms" at www.fruits.com. The promotion encourages kindergarten thru 12th grade school teachers across North America to incorporate healthy eating and living messages into classroom activities. During six weeks this fall, 60 teachers will win cash to purchase school supplies and fresh fruit. Ten schools will also win a salad bar for their school. Many more winners will get a Del Monte Fresh Field Day event for their school in which the entire student body will enjoy a day of Del Monte® fresh fruit, games and fun activities.
Last year, hundreds of teachers and millions of voters throughout North America participated in "Teacher Monday." Many winning teachers were able to introduce delicious fresh cut pineapple and melons to schoolchildren for the first time.
"If we can encourage just a few more kids to reach for fresh fruit instead of chips or cookies, we have accomplished our goals," said Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing, North America for Del Monte in a prepared statement.
To be eligible to win, teachers must register for "Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms" online contest at www.fruits.com then encourage all their fans to vote for them online. Ten winners will be selected each Monday for six consecutive weeks in October and November 2011. Winners are based solely on the number of votes they receive. Winning teachers will receive $750 in cash to purchase school supplies and $250 in Del Monte® fresh fruit coupons for classroom snacks and to use in fruit educational activities.
Winning North American schools will also be linked with schools in countries where Del Monte grows its fruit to help further the education of students by introducing them to another culture. Tropical schools will also receive $1,000 each for school supplies and improvements.
Look for "Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms" stickers on Del Monte® fresh produce such as pineapples, bananas, melons, grapes, avocados, tomatoes and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, as well as colorful posters and other materials in produce departments.
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