sets out to prove that teachers know best how to spend stimulus funds and deserve more spending decision power is running an essay contest to prove that teachers know how to best spend stimulus funds and they deserve more power. Applebatch is advocating for allowing teachers to set and spend budgets rather than the top-down political process. is pleased to announce our K-12 Teacher Empowerment Essay Contest to all certified K-12 teacher or principal/admins in the United States. Up to $1,000 in prizes will be given to the top five winners and Applebatch will advocate on behalf of the winners for the stimulus funds they request.

The contest, which runs through Oct.10, 2009, asks participants to write an essay no longer than 500 words asking, ?If your school were given a million-dollar stimulus package, how would you spend it and why?? The winning essay writer receives two Southwest Airline tickets, while the rest of the prizes include gift cards to Macy?s, Target, Staples and Starbuck?s.

?We?re doing this contest because we believe in empowering teachers both in and outside the classroom,? said George Hammer III, founder of ?Their input is important because teachers face challenges each day in their classrooms and know best where the needs are for improvement. If given the chance, they can make the greatest impact.?

Instead of grading essays, teachers have their own chance to use their creativity to express their ideas on what areas of education need more school funding. They will be judged on the identification of the issue, plan for usage of funds and writing quality. The winners will be selected on Oct. 17, 2009.

George Hammer III, CEO and Founder Empowering Teachers throughout their Careers!

Located in Chicago, IL, Applebatch is a K-12 teacher community to build professional connections online for career support. launched in March 2009 and has accumulated over 2,000 members. Membership into the teacher network is free and benefits include professional networking opportunities, job search assistance, resource sharing capabilities, answers to questions and online groups of like-minded professionals.

To find out more about Applebatch, as well as take a virtual tour, visit


Contact Details

Company Name: Applebatch Teacher Commu nity
Issued By: George Hammer III
Phone: 773-525-4855
Address: 3340 N Clark Street Suite 210
Zip: 60657
Website: Visit the website

by George Hammer III (few years ago!)

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