Why does your class deserve to win a gift certificate for $2,500 worth of school supplies and how would you put those school supplies to good use? If you are a public school teacher and can answer this question convincingly in 400 words or fewer, you are ready to enter the 2009 Tools for Teaching Contest sponsored byCatalogs.com, and Nasco,
"As a mother of three, I understand the financial hardships many schools are facing this fall and I'm glad we can provide much-needed relief for purchasing school supplies," said Catalogs.com co-founder Leslie Linevsky. "We also hope this contest inspires other small and mid-sized businesses to do what they can to support public education."
Entries may be submitted on the Catalogs.com website starting on Tuesday, September 1 and ending on Wednesday, September 30.
Essays will be judged on persuasiveness, creativity, clarity and demonstration of need.
The top five essayists will receive eNasco gift certificates to be redeemed for school supplies. The grand prize winner will be able to spend $2,500; a second-place prize of $1,500 will be awarded and three runners-up will each receive $500 gift certificates.
Winners will be notified by October 30.
To enter the "Tools for Teaching" contest or for more information, visit