Nationwide Contest in Collaboration with Scholastic Asks K-8 Students “What Makes Your House a Home?”

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Nov. 19, 2007)  – Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC announces the launch of its third “My Home: The American Dream” contest. In collaboration with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, Coldwell Banker® invites students in kindergarten through eighth grade to tell their personal stories, through images and words, about how their houses, apartments, or condominiums are not just places they live, but homes where dreams are shared and memories are made. 

Students may focus on one of the following subjects: “How does your home fit into your version of the American Dream?” “What is your family’s heritage, and how do you celebrate it?” “What have your parents, grandparents and other family members taught you about the meaning of home?” Entries may be submitted in the form of a short film on a videocassette or DVD (three minutes in length, maximum); a storyboard with sequential images, a comic strip, or a series of photographs with text; or an essay accompanied by illustrations.
“Owning a home plays a big part in the American dream and that dream begins when we are children,” says Jim Gillespie, president and chief executive officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “At Coldwell Banker, we know that a home reaches beyond a physical structure.  It is built from the heart through the dreams a family shares and the long-lasting memories they create. A home has no boundaries and we look forward to hearing from children across the country with their creative perspectives.” 

Three grand-prize winners (grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8) will each receive a $2,000 cash prize awarded for their excellence in creativity, originality, and overall quality and effort. In addition, 50 runners-up will each receive a $100 cash prize. The teachers of the three grand-prize winners (or parents who home school) will each receive a digital video camera for their classroom valued at approximately $600, and one project submitted by an entire class will receive a $250 cash prize for that class or school to share.

All winners and runners-up will be featured on and in a Spring 2008 issue of Instructor magazine and/or on

Entries must be postmarked by December 7, 2007 and received by December 21, 2007.
For further contest details, please visit or  The contest is open to residents of the United States who currently attend grades kindergarten through eight, as well as children in those age ranges who are home schooled. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

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