I just heard about this on a statewide homeschooling list I'm on--Subway has this contest for kids called Every Sandwich Tells a Story. There's one Grand Prize winner and then 6 Runners Up. There are various prizes given to the Grand Prize winner, including $5,000 in athletic equipment, which would be awarded to the child's school. The other prizes would actually be for the child. :)
One small problem as we homeschoolers see it--in their rules, it says, " Contest is open only to legal US residents, over the age of 18 with children in either elementary, private or parochial schools that serve grades PreK-6. No home schools will be accepted." [emphasis mine]
So I wrote them this little note:
I am writing regarding your Subway Fresh Fit for Kids contest.
I can understand not awarding $5000 in sports equipment to a family that homeschools, but to exclude homeschoolers from entering for the other prizes is rather discriminatory. And I would think that families that homeschool have more opportunities to eat at a Subway every day of the week, since we are often out of the house for activities, while children who attend school will be eating school lunches or food from home. What is the reason for this exclusion? It's creating a bit of a buzz in my homeschool community, statewide in fact. And I would suggest an easy remedy for where a grand prize might be awarded if a homeschooler won--their local parks and rec department, which everyone can use!
Here's how you can contact them if you wish to comment on their policy. What are your thoughts?
Oh--just read what Valerie has to say about this at Home Ed Magazine's News & Commentary. Especially funny is the PreK comment. :)