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Monday, August 30, 2010

A Bright Start!

Giveaway Over - Congratulations to Ask Army Wife, entry number 4.

Becoming a mother totally changed my world. I planned and anticipated my son’s birth from day one. Despite the numerous pains I had during my pregnancy I never regretted a moment and when he was born I was immediately in love. I practiced attachment parenting the first four months of his life by necessity he was born by c-section and I absolutely wanted to feel close to him always since I missed the first few hours of his life on Earth while recovering from my surgery. I also knew that I’d soon be returning to work and needed to spend as much quality time with him as possible.

Of course, this also made leaving him in the hands of a caregiver difficult. Initially I had a difficult time finding a “caregiver”. My first at home place sitter sent him back to me. He was accused to attention and with the toddlers running around she just couldn’t give it to him and he protested - loudly! I was forced to use a daycare around the corner for a week and I was extremely unhappy so was my son and I think they were too! Finally I found a match made in heaven at my local YMCA!

Ms. Hall was a godsend. The room for the infants was bright, airy and full of love. My son was held when he cried and not just put in a swing. He had tummy time and thrived. Ms. Hall became my son’s honorary Granny and we became quite close. As my son’s first teacher she made sure he was exposed to classical music, colors, encouraged to walk and let me know when it seemed like his gait was not right.

When my son moved on to the next class I still maintained close contact with Ms Hall and spent time in her classroom helping out. She truly is a wonderful woman and made my experience leaving my child in someone else’s hands a pleasant one.

It is my hope that when my son returns to school I find another nurturing environment where he can excell in. Clorox has a program to recognize great schools and teachers like Ms. Hall. Power A Bright Future, created by the Clorox Company, will help brighten kids’ futures with school grants to help fund critical programs. Parents and teachers can help kids continue to learn and play by nominating their school programs for a Power A Bright Future grant from the Clorox Company. 


As part of the Power A Bright Future grant program, Clorox is seeking nominations for school programs for a chance to win a $50,000 grand-prize grant or one of three $20,000 grants to help provide critically needed resources to school programs that enrich kids’ lives and create brighter futures. In November, four schools will be chosen to receive grants and the opportunity to impact the lives of children in their communities. Visit clorox.com to nomiate a school and get more information on this wonderful program!

And just in time for the school year Clorox is giving one of my readers a bag of goodies including:
· Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
· Dr. Harley Rotbart’s book Germ Proof Your Kids
· Clorox Hand Sanitizer
· Tissues
· Fun stickers
· Crazy cutting scissors
· Markets/pencils/crayons

To enter simply tell me the name of your favorite school and what makes it so special.
For an additional entry you can tweet about this contest - you can tweet up to five times daily with at least an hour between tweets! Good luck!

Contest ends September 7th. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please be sure your email is in your comment if it is not in your blogger profile.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Clorox and TheMotherhood. I was compensated for my time in writing this post and running this giveaway.

34 comments:

Abhishek Duggal said...

Brigham Young University Hawaii because of the beautiful location and student diversity!

forsurveysonly at gmail dot com

Laila said...

My elementary school! Oscar Mayer Magnet Elementary in Chicago is phenomenal. http://www.mayer.cps.k12.il.us/

What I love about Mayer is its commitment to a quality education and diversity. It's located in one of the wealthiest communities in Chicago but does a good job of making sure that the students reflect the diversity of the city. If I lived in the city my son would go there!

1stopmom said...

Lancaster Elementary. The principal there is the best I have ever come across.

onestopmom (at) gmail.com

Armywife101 said...

Solomon Elementary school is important to me because it's my sons school and many of our service members children go there.
askarmywives101@gmail.com

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

my sons hs is my fav

Anonymous said...

Boyd Elementary because my daughter teaches Kindergarten there!

frogz60@hotmail.com

Amanda S. said...

Olympic View because that's where I went to school!

see above said...

I'm a fan of Detroit Country Day school, with any luck (and lots of cash) maybe my son can transfer there when he's ready.

Becky said...

I love my son's school McIlvaine Early Childhood Development Center. It's a beautiful school and only for Kindergartners so it makes it easier for them to get used to school.

Anonymous said...

Winona State University. I had an amazing time there with great friends and got a wonderful education.
valeriano.leanne@yahoo.com

Annette D said...

I would have to say my favorite school is The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My nephew is a senior there and the campus is absolutely lovely!

Annette D said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/annedoggett/status/23258653283

Dani said...

Desert Aire Elementry is my favorite school not just because my kids go there, but because they truely listen to the children and parents, the strive for a higher learning. They strive for giving a safe and fun enviroment for our children to learn in. They make each child feel like they are special and no matter how small the achievement may be they make it all seem like its just as special as winning the spelling bee.

waitressdani (at) hotmail (dot) com

gnwg said...

My favorite school is Oregon State
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Valancia said...

Charleroi Elementary because it's the home of my alma-mater

allysona said...

hawthorne high, it's where my kids got here start to becoming real adults

degood said...

St. Brendan Parish school in Bothell WA because it is such a small school (under 250 students) and everyone knows everyone and it is an almost family like community that has developed with the other parents in my kids classes.

kerrie@mayansfamily.com

debbie said...

My favorite is Delta College.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

We like the Montessori school not far from the house!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

Erica C. said...

I said WSTES because it's so unique...it has a manmade wetland.

Caramel Cutie said...

Wrights Pre-k. My son went there last year. He learned a lot. All the staff members are nice.

ky2here said...

Holmes HS in Covington KY because it has endured poverty, disengagement from the community, apathy and returned with a state championship football team and state leading academics - all from a public school.

ky2here at msn dot com

ky2here said...

Here's my tweet:

http://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/23868256135

ky2here at msn dot com

AMD said...

Bloomburg School is the tiny, rural K-12 school that I went to and my nieces and nephews now go to, full of wonderful administrators and teachers that aim to give the students all of the experiences and advantages they could attain at the best urban and suburban schools. <3

btownmeggy at hotmail dot com

cstironkat said...

I like St. Louis Community College. They gave me the confidence I needed to start college after I lost my job of 20 years.

cstironkat said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/cstironkat/status/23875472059

Anonymous said...

My favorite school is Pepper Drive because my daughter attends!
amymarie619@hotmail.com

slb3334 said...

Graettinger-Terril schools in Iowa as that is where I went to school.

SalanderServant said...

Lake Superior College because I attained a lot of confidence and my 1st degree there!

SalanderServant said...

Tweeted here. http://twitter.com/Fatally_Flayed/status/23876591438

ShesAnAngel said...

My fave school is Peter G Schmidt elementary cause they have worked hard to make my son's experience at school a great one!

justine417@comcast.net

Tracysweetangl said...

My favorite is North Mobile.

SWEETANGL5632@AOL.COM

SalanderServant said...

Twweted here! http://twitter.com/Fatally_Flayed/status/23881195226

cstironkat said...

I tweeted https://twitter.com/cstironkat/status/23881959530

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