Category — Contest
Here’s a lovely letter that made our day from a teacher who won in one of DollarDays’ monthly Facebook contests, and has kept in touch with us ever since. In fact, Virginia Heraz, our Director of Marketing, visited the classroom in Waukegan, IL last fall! Really, this is what life is all about—caring about others and giving without expectation. Teacher Julie Ahern and her second grade students have a huge place in our hearts. Thank you to them for caring and remembering us during the holidays. From all of us at DollarDays, we wish you a happy holiday season! You make us smile!
Here’s the letter:
My students asked if I would send Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday greetings to you! They also wanted to say thank you again for the blankets that you gave them. Last week they completed a series of writing challenges and then very proudly received the blankets to take home for the holidays. I am including a picture of your friend (seen at the restaurant!) Ezekiel holding two of the ever so soft blankets. Miss Savannah also asked if I would take her picture (I thought I would include it as there is a child sprinting down the hallway, lol).
Thank you again for your incredible kindnesses towards my students -you are a Christmas angel to them. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year. It is sub-zero weather here in Waukegan so I hope you are enjoying much warmer weather!
Mrs. Julie Ahern
2nd Grade Teacher
Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School
December 24, 2013 1 Comment
December 3, 2013 No Comments
Winners for our “Help a Family in Need” contest have been selected.
All winners have been sent an email. Please check your spam filters.
And congratulations for selflessly helping a family in need have a magical holiday, thanks to your thoughtfulness.
The winners are:
First place $2,000, Jeanie G.
Second place $1,000, Jef W.
Third Place $500, Jessica W.
And 15 people each received $100: Denise V., Elzabeth N., Patrick I., Faye D., Kimberly V., Carol S., Matt S., Kimberly D., Claudia D., Marilyn M., William S., Jennifer J., Amber G., Diane H., Donna C.
Thank you for participating in DollarDays’ November “Help a Family in Need” $5,000 in merchandise giveaway. You have made a difference!
December 3, 2013 No Comments
DollarDays’s heart is with small businesses. Our mission is to supply small businesses with quality goods at competitive prices so they can fulfill dreams of building their own businesses.
That’s why we have dedicated this month’s $5,000 merchandise giveaway to small businesses. Please nominate a small business in your community or familiy that makes a difference. Go to http://bit.ly/1c1lek1 to nominate your favorite small business! Share this with friends, family, neighbors! You can enter as many times as you’d like! Good luck and GO SMALL BUSINESS!
Winners will receive the following merchandise amounts: First Place $2,000, Secone Place $1,000, Third Place $500 and 15 winners will each receive $100. With 18 winners, you’ve got a good chance of winning!
December 2, 2013 No Comments
First Place: $2,000 to Ashtabula County Animal Protective League
Second Place: $1,000 to Esther Mackey
Third Place: $500 to Do Good Dog Rescue
Please congratulate them on Facebook!
Each of these shelters won a $100 shopping spree:
Animal Welfare Assocation New Jersey
San Antonio Pets Alive
Little Mews Rescue NY
Paws Tinley Park
River Valley Animal Rescue
Pupz N Palz Rescue
Sherri’s Kitty Rehab/Critter Cradle Animal Sanctuary
James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society
AZ Cactus Corgi Rescue
The Orphanage – Priceless Pets
Waldo’s Muttley Crew
Saved By A Whisker
Tired Dog Rescue
Our thanks to everyone who nominated a shelter. Wish we could help every one of them! If your nominated shelter won, be sure to let them know! We sent emails to the winners, but they could get caught in spam filters. Be sure to nominate a Family in Need for our November giveaway!
November 3, 2013 No Comments
According to the Census Bureau, there are 59 million people 25 years or older who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. Business continues to be the most popular major with 12 million grads, while Education was the second most popular, with 8 million. The median income for high school grads who never went to college is $28,659; for those with some college but no degree, it is $32,036; those with a college degree $49,648; and those with professional degrees $87,356. This translates to lifetime earnings of $3.3 million for a doctoral degree, $2.3 million for a college degree and $1.3 million for a high school diploma.
According to College Data, the average yearly budget to attend an in-state public university is $22,261. The average at a private college is $43,289. CNN reports that the average college student in the class of 2013 faces $35,200 in debt. Putting that into perspective, the profile of the average US household consumer debt shows we all owe $15,263 in credit card debt, $147,591 in mortgage debt and $31,646 in student loan debt. In total, American consumers owe $11.15 trillion in debt of which $994 billion is in student loans, a 4% increase from 2012.
In an article in The Huffington Post this summer, they predicted that student loan debt will exceed the median annual income for college grads by 2023. This is on top of the wages of college graduates actually dropping 5.4% over the last decade. Considering that Congress finally agreed this summer, after months of haggling, to stabilize the interest rate for college loans (which translates to roughly 3.86% for undergraduates and 5.42% for graduate student loans),at least the uncertainty of future interest hikes has been eliminated for families facing this huge debt.
Just about every parent (94%) says they want their child to attend college. So, with that encouragement, nearly 68% of high school graduates started out for college (44% of these kids to community college). Compare that to 43% of Americans attend church regularly and 50% of adults are married. College is now more popular then religion or spouses!
In the end, only 54% of these kids actually graduate within 6 years of starting college. So we have all these students with high hopes and dreams going in, but only about half graduate and join society with crazy student loan debt.
We would all love scholarships for our kids, but that does not happen to most. This weak economy of ours is forcing institutions to limit their generosity in scholarships and financial aid, so the average student takes on more debt than the generation before. Anyone wanting to go to college needs to explore every option for help. The Council for Opportunity in Education is a nonprofit organization established in 1981 dedicated to expanding college opportunities for low income, first-generation students, veterans and students with disabilities. Sites to help find money and scholarships include Fast Web, FinAid and Student Aid Alliance. If you want to help fulfill kids’ dreams of going to college, look into Scholarship America to help with a donation. At DollarDays on our Facebook page, we are giving away $2,500 in products to college students; so make sure you nominate a student who could use our help.
America is the land of dreams and opportunity. Anyone who is passionate enough to want a college education should be afforded the opportunity to at least try. It would be just great if we could make a college education free just like we do a high school education, but each of us in our right mind knows this is a pipe dream. So the $35K in student debt will turn into $45K for the next generation and so on. A college degree is worth a million dollars more than a high school degree over your lifetime. Being well educated is priceless. I guess the risk of adding to your debt may be worth the reward of being a strong contributor to our economic future. I just wish it did not hurt so much.
September 17, 2013 No Comments
Congratulation to all the winners and a big thanks to the thousands of people who nominated their favorite teachers for our Sept. 1-13 sweepstakes.
First Place $700, Janey Mercadante, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School
Second Place, $500, Bethany Gantt, Deer Park Elementary
Third Place, $300, Laura Lueshen, Rockton Grade School
And ten $100 winners:
Kris Gonzalez of Desert Heights Schools, Allisha Douglas of Sunset Park Elementary, Charisse Hastings of Garden Elementary, Michele Delgado of Carl Hayden High School, Lisa Theodore of Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Tanya Peters of Gaston County Schools, Carla Banack of Prospect Mill Elementary, Chanel Smith of Dogwood Elementary, Colleen Furlong of Gloversville Schools, Traci Frey of Jarrettsville Elementary School and Amanda Kisor of Moody Elementary.
September 16, 2013 No Comments
Congratulations to our winners who were nominated as someone’s “Favorite Back to School Drive” organization!
First place $1,000 shopping spree went to Project Sleep Tight.
Second place $500 shopping spree went to Caring for Kids.
Third place $300 shopping spree went to Andrew Cooke Magnet.
Seven organizations each received a $100 shopping spree: Glacier Peak Elementary, NY Inner City Ministry of CRU, Integral Youth Services, Altoona Public Library, Kyrstens Kids, FamilyWorks Seattle and Urban Mentors Network.
Thank you for participating!
August 16, 2013 No Comments
Nationwide, million of students take the SAT exam each year for admission to colleges and universities. The SAT is the standarized benchmark exam that determines who gets into which schools, based upon scores. If a student wants to go attend a top tier school, it’s important to do well on the SAT. That’s why it’s important to take an online test prepration class prior to taking the exam. Not only can it help raise students’ scores, it can also build confidence for the big exam day. It will also help students manage the expectations regarding the flow of the exam.
Studying for the SAT is a smart plan, but knowing how to study is even smarter. That’s why DollarDays has partnered with Boston Test Prep, an online SAT test prep tool, to give away 1,000 online SAT test prep courses through the end of August. We believe using this course can be the difference between a decent score and an amazing score!
So, go be amazing and enter to win a free SAT test prep course. You deserve it!
August 16, 2013 No Comments
Through August 15, we are asking our Facebook fans to nominate their favorite organizations that are having back to school drives for supplies for kids who don’t have everything they need for school this year. DollarDays will donate $2,500 in back to school merchandise to ten organizations. The organizations can be your church, the PTO, the school football team or an even an outreach program.
If you know of an organization you’d like to nominate, please click on the image to be taken directly to DollarDays Facebook page. Hurry! The last day to enter is August 15! Thank you and good luck!
August 1, 2013 No Comments