Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

You Child Can Win a Trip to NYC and $2,500 U.S. Savings Bond

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Does your first- through twelfth-grader love to write? Here’s a great opportunity for kids to win a a trip to New York City and money for college.

Olive Garden is holding its 15th-annual Pasta Tales essay-writing contest. This year, they’re asking students to “Describe how furthering your education beyond high school will help make your dreams come true.”  The contest grand prize is a three-day trip to New York City and a $2,500 savings bond.

The contest will give students in the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to share their stories in essays of 50 to 250 words.  Entry forms and complete rules are available on Olive Garden’s website and at local Olive Garden restaurants.

In addition to Olive Garden’s Pasta Tales grand prize of a three-day trip to New York City, including dinner at the Olive Garden in Times Square and a $2,500 savings bond, winners will be named in each grade category and awarded a $500 savings bond and a family dinner at their local Olive Garden restaurant.

Entries must include the writer’s first and last name, complete address, phone number, grade, date of birth and a statement that the work is his or her own.  Entries must be submitted either online or postmarked by Jan. 21, 2011 and sent to Pasta Tales, PMB 2000, 6278 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308-1916.

Submissions will be judged based on creativity, adherence to theme, organization, grammar, punctuation and spelling by the Quill and Scroll Society of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Iowa, with winners selected by Olive Garden.

All Hail Mommy Bloggers — and Social-Media Fans

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009


I’m so jazzed to share this fun Parents TV video about mommy bloggers with you because it features two terrific friends and colleagues, Jen Singer of MommaSaid.net fame and Amanda Wolfe, Parents magazine’s media editor and editor of GoodyBlog.

I’m one of Jen’s columnists on MommaSaid.net. (How cool that they mentioned the columnists in the report, too.) Check out the column, “Boo Boos, Germs and Pap Smears,” here.

Both Jen and Amanda will be speaking on my panel on social media at the American Society of Journalists and Authors annual conference in New York City on April 25. If you’re a writer, blogger (mommy-blogger or otherwise) or a social-media fan, you won’t want to miss this conference and this panel. To learn more about the conference and to register, click here.

In addition to Jen and Amanda, the panel will feature Redbook editor-in-chief Stacy Morrison (yep, she blogs,
too, over at Something About Stacy) and Peter Shankman of Help a
Reporter Out
fame. Hope to see you there!