Eli Manning Kicks Off Samsung Essay Contest

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Ridgefield Park, N.J. - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning today called on students, parents and teachers across the U.S. to improve technology in classrooms by submitting a 100-word essay for the chance to win a portion of more than $1 million in technology from Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope.

The philanthropic initiative will reward winning writers with a Samsung Go netbook and their local schools with cutting-edge Samsung products, Microsoft software, DirecTV educational television programming, cash grants and Best Buy gift cards.

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The contest comes on the heels of Samsung's National Tech in The Classroom survey that reveals 77 percent of Americans think the K-12 schools in their communities lack the technology access needed to help kids succeed in the 21st century. Respondents to the survey further named technology teaching tools among the top three needs for companies to meet in local classrooms.

"Samsung continually develops high-quality products featuring the latest in innovation and design. These efforts led to much of Samsung's recent success and market leadership in the electronics industry, and now we plan to leverage these achievements to help close the technology gap in schools," said C.S. Choi, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics America. "It is our goal to help students, teachers and everyone interested in advancing technology in U.S. schools. Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope allows us to be a part of the solution to help the people and communities where we work and live."

Samsung and its partners have provided more than $9 million in technology, software, TV programming donations and cash grants to K-12 schools in the U.S. over the past five years.

Beginning today through Nov. 1, entrants can submit 100-word essays on the subject: "How consumer electronics, computer equipment and software awarded through Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope could benefit your school?" To view all of the contest rules and submit the essay visit: www.fourseasonsofhope.com. Follow the contest on Four Seasons of Hope's Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/fourseasonsofhope) or on Twitter from @SamsungTweets.

As part of his commitment to Four Seasons of Hope, Manning filmed a public service announcement about technology and education that will air during the month of October in Best Buy stores and broadcasted on the DirecTV network nationwide. A donation representing a portion of Samsung purchases made at Best Buy stores during the contest period will be made benefitting non-profit youth charities. Students (with parental/guardian permission) can vote at bestbuy@15.com.

The panel of judges participating in the judging process will include Steve Smith, editor in chief of TWICE, and representatives from Cornell University, Wharton Business School, USA Today, American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and PTO Today.


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