Schools in Facebook competition for $25K

VIENNA – Schools in Wood and Washington counties have been selected to compete for a $25,000 grant.

Greenmont Elementary School and Marietta City Schools have been selected as two of 200 finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program.

The contest allows Facebook users to vote and determine the 40 recipients of $25,000 grants from State Farm. State Farm officials said the contest was created to work with the incredible number of neighborhoods that are coming together to solve a problem or improve their community.

The 40 causes that receive the most votes will be announced on April 29 and a $25,000 grant will be awarded.

Greenmont Elementary School strives to improve the lives and welfare of people in our community, and can further that mission by rallying together and encouraging others to join us in support by voting.

“Where Food Comes From” is the creation of an Outdoor Classroom in which students will be given the opportunity to grow their own food along with providing an additional platform for other Earth science opportunities, said Micheal Earl, program representative for Greenmont.

Marietta Schools program is “Bridges to Careers.”

The contest is live on Facebook. Anyone who gets the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook application can vote for a cause. Log onto Facebook and type in State Farm Neighborhood Assist.

Voting is open from April 4-22 and any State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative that lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded, exclusively through Facebook. The initiative utilizes the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to vet submissions for innovative causes and then Facebook users to determine the 40 grant winners.

Facebook users who download the application are eligible to vote up to 10 times a day.