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Right Decisions, Right Now

This is a sponsored post. Opinions are all mine. 

While I no longer work in a school setting I am no less interested in helping teachers and schools with good materials and contests. This here has both.

The Right Decisions, Right Now anti-smoking and anti-tobacco educational materials for teachers and schools (grades 5-9) is a really great campaign for this age group since they are at the highest risk of trying tobacco. Young people are most likely to try smoking for the first time between the ages of 11 and 15, or grades 6 to 10. I can attest to that with a group of friends in the woods when I was 12. I was such a chicken about it, too, and thought we were going to accidentally burn the whole forest down. THANKS, SMOKEY THE BEAR. I AM STILL TRAUMATIZED.


Anyway, if you're a school or classroom teacher who would like to enter a classroom contest then this is for you! First off, what's the prize? Good question. Thanks for asking. (Sorry. The teacher in me will never leave my body.) Four lucky teachers will EACH win one $500 Staples gift card to use for classroom supplies in the 2017/18 school year, plus they’ll each win a colorful, printed Cost of Smoking wall poster.

So, yeah, this school year is winding down to a close but if I know teachers, and I do, they are already thinking about what they're going to next next school year. 

Teachers spend a great deal of time working and re-working their lesson plans all through the year. I used to keep a journal full of ideas just for the purpose of saving brilliant ideas I had while teaching. (Ok, so I was probably the only one who thought they were brilliant.) They're also always looking for the following: 

free materials

easily accessible lesson plans


Because I love teachers so much here are some free things:

1 - Right Decisions Right Now has some anti-smoking resources for teachers. This one is especially cool because they've incorporated technology for those schools with Smart Boards. Check out these Smart Board activities and surveys. They're listed by grade level with topics like Making Healthy Choices and Choices and Consequences. You'll be asked for your zip code and then a list of school choices comes up. 

2 - For parents and teachers there are some  Right Decisions Right Now’s resources which include posters and brochures as well as videos. I can see guidance counselors and support staff such as social workers and school psychologists using the brochures to keep in their offices. Also, they include this in Spanish (MUY BUENO Y GRACIAS). The Pledge Forms would be a great addition to things like Red Ribbon Week if your school does that.

See all the free stuff? You can enter the contest here and it's SUPER EASY to fill out the entry form. That's the other thing educators want besides free; they want easy. Because their jobs most certainly are not.

Here are a couple of things to know about the contest:

• Classroom contest is open to United States residents who are currently employed full- or part-time as an educator by an accredited public or private K-12 school in the United States.

• Contest closes on June 30, 2017

• 4 randomly-drawn winners will each receive a $500 Staples gift card + a printed Cost of Smoking wall poster


Best of luck with the remainder of your school year, teacher friends. Well done if you've already made it through and have finished. Now, go enter this for the possibility of winning $500 worth of stuff from Staples. THINK OF ALL THE MARKERS YOU COULD BUY WITH THAT.

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