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What would you do with $20,000? 

 I’m sure that everyone of us would have a long list of things that we would want  if we were handed $20,000.  I know that I would!  Unfortunately, it would probably not be spent on my wish list items but more likely on bills!  

What would you do with $20,000 for your school?  

I know that this question is one that makes me as a mom really sit back and think about.  I remember growing up and having so many great programs in school.  I played the Clarinet and loved the music program. I was also involved in art classes, drama and more.    Those classes were so much fun and really a big part of my Elementary school years.  Now that I have kids in Elementary School, I am very aware of their education and the programs that they are receiving.  I hate starting a new school year and hearing about larger classes sizes, programs being cut and classrooms not having the supplies that they need.  Unfortunately, California Schools need our help! Real California Milk is supporting California schools by launching the Real Seal Appeal program and awarding California schools with up to $2 million in cash, books and prizes.  

I want the best education possible for my children and so I am always looking for opportunities that I can help.  As families, we can help by collecting Real California Milk seals from milk and dairy products and having your kids turn them in to their teachers.  Each seal acts as a sweepstakes entry – the more seals collected and turned in, the more chances your child’s classroom has to win. This challenge goes from  October 1, 2011-December 31, 2011. 

It really is easy!  All you need to do is look for these seals above when you purchase your dairy items.  Your kids will be so excited to help you out! You can easily involve them by shopping together for these items, incorporating these great foods into their diets and then having them take these seals to their teachers to help their classroom win.  Milk and dairy products are an essential part of healthy eating, especially for children, which is why it is important to have a balanced diet complete with calcium-rich foods such as yogurt, milk and cheese.  Taking part in this challenge allows you to help your school but also develop healthy eating habits in your home.

This takes me back to my earlier question.  What would you do with $20,000 for your school?  I thought about this question and decided to ask my friends, family and students how they would want the schools to spend their money.  Here are some of the responses I received, “bathrooms always need repairs, smart boards, academic supplies, books for the library, teacher/student supplies, classroom equipment, technology upgrades, sports equipment for P.E, Special education equipment , books, computers, school aids and music.  I hear too often that teachers are having to buy supplies for their classrooms, or parents are buying extra supplies because other students cant afford them.  I think this is definitely a great area to help so a teacher doesn’t have to do it alone.

Real California Milk invites us all to work together in building better schools and 

healthier, stronger bodies and minds. As parents, we can work together with our kids to clip and save seals from any Real California dairy item. The more seals we collect the better chance of willing for our schools.

Prizes include:

• Grand Prize: 3 winning schools will receive $20,000 plus a Wii Fit™ game for 
every child in classroom (up to 50)
• 2nd Place: 3 winning schools will receive $10,000 plus a Wii Fit™ game for every 
child in classroom (up to 50)
• 3rd Place: 3 winning schools will receive $5,000 plus a Wii Fit™ game for every 
child in classroom (up to 50)
• Runner Ups: 2,595 winning schools will receive $500 prizes
• Participating elementary schools in Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, 
Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and 
Ventura counties

Visit here for more information about the Real Seal Appeal Sweepstakes. You can also stay up to date by following them on Twitter and Facebook

This is a sponsored post.  I was selected for this opportunity by MomsLA and the One2One NetworkAll feelings and opinions are my own.