This time of year is all about countdowns—countdowns until testing is over, countdowns until the last day of school, and countdowns until that well-deserved (and long overdue!) trip to the beach.

Well, we’re counting down too: counting down the final days to enter contests and win prizes! Submit a comment to our blog by midnight on Monday, May 31, and tell us about your  countdowns. One lucky reader will win an assortment of books, including Pierre the Penguin: A True Story from Sleeping Bear Press. Written by Jean Marzollo, this book tells the story of a penguin who loses his feathers—and the creative aquatic biologist who saves him. (Update: congratulations to Sherry H., who was our lucky winner!)

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There are just a few days left to enter the Classroom Fun sweepstakes from Oriental Trading! One lucky teacher will win $750 in classroom supplies, and ten more teachers will win $25 gift cards from Oriental Trading. You can enter daily. This contest ends at 5 p.m. eastern time on Monday, May 31. Don’t delay–click here now!

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In honor of sun safety, the Friday before Memorial Day (this year it’s May 28) is Don’t Fry Day. Get a printable poster, coloring sheets, skin cancer facts, and much more at www.epa.gov/sunwise/dfd.html. There’s even a Don’t Fry Day pledge; if you complete it before Don’t Fry Day, you’ll be eligible to win additional sun safety resources. Check it out!

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The clock is ticking on this great deal: purchase an X-Acto SchoolPro pencil sharpener between now and July 1, 2010, and you’ll be eligible for a $5 rebate. When we posted this offer on The Mailbox Facebook page, teachers gave this sharpener a big thumbs-up. One teacher said, “This is the BEST sharpener! Love it!” Don’t miss out!

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Have you noticed the special logos that periodically appear on Google? Here’s your chance to pick the next one! As part of the Doodle 4 Google contest, students of all ages submitted logos on the theme “If I Could Do Anything, I Would…” Finalists are posted at www.google.com/doodle4google. Voting is open now until May 25 at 5 p.m. Pacific time. You’ll be amazed at the creativity and talent of students around the country!

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We’ll keep the countdown going—and keep you posted on other great offers that are coming up!

Karen

5 Responses to “The Season for Countdowns”

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  1. 22 Jun 2010 at 5:24 pm 5.  Tonya Lambert

    We count down to whatever holiday or special event is on the calendar for each month – Halloween,
    Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mother’s Day, etc. It gives the children a lot of practice counting backwards, and they look forward to seeing the different countdown pages we make for each month.

  2. 22 May 2010 at 11:27 am 4.  Casey Tunnicliffe

    We count down the last 26 days of school with the alphabet. For example, O is for Oreo day, H is for Hat day, M is for Movie day and Z is for Zip off and head home day! :) The students really get into the different days because they help plan them ahead of time. We have a lot of fun!!

  3. 22 May 2010 at 10:28 am 3.  Linda M Erickson

    Our last day with students will be this Thursday,May27th. It’s always a bittersweet day
    for us.We’ll miss the kids we just taught for nine
    months,but look forward to some needed r and r.
    One of my First-Graders told me last Friday that there
    were 96 hours left til school was out. I guess he’d
    learned more than I’d given him credit for this year!

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