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Help Bolivia school win contest
Bolivia Elementary School has been in heated competition with schools nationwide since July 15. The Paper Mate Company, through Facebook, is offering three schools throughout the country an opportunity to win $10,000.00 in Paper Mate supplies.
The Bolivia Bears have not relented in their quest for victory. Starting the first week of the competition in sixth place, the school quickly rose to third and then led the pack for many weeks. Over the past two weeks, there has been a slight dip to second place, but the school is still holding strong and reaching out to the community for support.
Paper Mate updates the leader board every Tuesday. As of now, no other North Carolina schools are on the Top 10 list. The contest ends Oct. 15.
If you would like to help Bolivia Elementary secure victory, it is easy to vote.
With a Facebook account, search Paper Mate and “like” its page. Click on the “Share the Love” tab on the left side (smart phones can not access this). Fill out the short form and list Bolivia Elementary School in Bolivia, N.C. Voters can submit one entry per day.
Each day, voters can return to the same page and click “Register my school” and previous schools they have voted for will appear. By clicking Bolivia and typing your email address, just like that—it’s another vote for the Bolivia Bears.

Help schools win $150,000
Schools across the nation are participating in U.S. Cellular’s Calling All Communities campaign.
Locally, North Brunswick High School is ranked 21st and Belville Elementary is ranked 49th in the standings released on Sept. 15, putting them in the running to win up to $150,000. During the next four weeks, U.S. Cellular will update communities on how local schools are progressing on their quest to win a share of $1 million in the company’s third annual campaign to support education.
“It’s fantastic to see so many schools already building tremendous community support, but it’s still early and rankings can change quickly,” said Kimberly Sebastian, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in eastern North Carolina. “With 22 voting days left, there’s plenty of time for people to pull together to help their local schools make it to the top. We’re committed to enhancing the learning experience for students, which is one of the reasons we have the happiest customers in wireless.”
The top 18 vote-receiving schools will win a share of $1 million to spend any way they see fit. The school that garners the most votes will receive $150,000, and the next 17 schools will each receive $50,000. The voting period ends Oct. 6, but it’s still early and, with 22 voting days left, there’s plenty of time for communities to pull together to help their local schools make it to the top.
Anyone 18 years or older can visit any U.S. Cellular store and ask an associate for a code to vote for their favorite school at uscellular.com and learn about the carrier’s cutting-edge products and services.
Each voting code gives people the opportunity to vote online once daily until the campaign ends.
The voting cards feature a peel-off sticker that gives thousands of lucky supporters a chance to cast two votes per day or be one of 18 people to win one year of free U.S. Cellular wireless service. In addition, 2,000 randomly selected voters will be awarded a $25 U.S. Cellular debit card simply for supporting their schools.
Public and private schools, kindergarten through high school, are eligible to win. No purchase is necessary and you don’t have to be a U.S. Cellular customer to vote. The winning schools will be announced in October and November. For more information about U.S. Cellular, its cutting-edge phone lineup, high-speed nationwide network and Calling All Communities, visit uscellular.com or U.S. Cellular’s Facebook page.

Used instruments needed
If you or someone you know has a used musical instrument lying around collecting dust, consider donating it to the North Brunswick High School Band. All instruments will be repaired and refurbished, and then given to a student at Leland Middle School or North Brunswick High School who otherwise could not afford one.
All donations are tax deductible and your contribution will truly make a difference in a kids life. Call Mark Roddy, director of bands and ensembles at NBHS, at 371-2265, ext. 1122 with any questions or donations.