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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Student Essays Win Two Florida Schools $50,000

~ National prize money awarded for computers, laptops and television programming ~

TALLAHASSEE – Classrooms in two Florida schools will soon have new technology equipment, thanks to the inspiring essays submitted by their students and teachers. Sunrise Elementary School in Orlando, and Miami Coral Park Senior High School in Miami, will each receive $50,000 through Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope contest. The 100-word essay contest asked how better technology would improve the learning environment at their schools and enhance the education process.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that our schools are pursuing technology opportunities that will enrich instruction and help our students achieve,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “Samsung’s commitment to expanding the availability of technology in classrooms across the country is truly admirable and I’m excited more Florida students will have access to interactive learning opportunities.”

Each contestant had an opportunity to win a portion of more than $1 million in technology from Samsung and its partners. Essay winners will receive a Samsung Go™ Netbook, and their local schools will be outfitted with Samsung products, Microsoft software, DIRECTV educational television programming, cash grants and Best Buy gift cards.

The contest began in the fall and culminated into a two-week window in which more than 200,000 individuals voted on the best essays. Fifteen national prizes of $50,000 were given to schools across the nation, and three finalists remain to receive the overall prize of $210,000. The overall winner will be announced by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on March 31st in New York City.

For more information about Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope contest, visit http://www.fourseasonsofhope.com/us/4seasons_hope/index.html.