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Dara Klatt, Discovery Education
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Envision and Discovery Education Launch Nationwide Contest for Chance to Attend the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit 

-- Champions for Change Contest Invites Students to Vote for Their School Delegations to Attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Celebrate Change and Make an Impact --

-- Speakers Include General Colin Powell, Spike Lee, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai as part of National Program Encouraging Youth and Civic Engagement --

WASHINGTON, DC (October 6, 2016) – The 2017 Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students and teachers to witness history and make an impact on the future.  Now, Envision, a leading experiential education organization, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are launching the Champions for Change Contest – a chance for high school and middle school students nationwide to play a role in history and attend the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.. The sweepstakes is part of the Chase the Race in School program that works to engage, captivate and energize the youth voice on the importance of democracy and civic engagement.

Starting today, teachers, the school community and students age 13 and above can vote at http://www.ChasetheRaceinSchool.com for the chance to send five students and an educator to the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit. The Summit takes place in the nation’s capital from January 18th to 22nd, 2017.  Participants can vote their school in for a chance to win, and return daily to the site to keep voting, as well as share their vote on social media to receive extra votes. Three grand-prize winning schools will be awarded with this life-changing experience with roundtrip airfare, four-night hotel accommodations and meals provided.  97 additional schools will be recognized at the Summit as “Champions for Change” institutions.

Summit delegates will not only attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration on the National Mall, but will be inspired by world-renowned speakers such as Gen. Colin Powell, Spike Lee, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai; participate in events that will solidify their path to becoming a future leader; work to create solutions to 21st century challenges as part of a Delegation for Change; and connect with fellow civic-minded, high-aspiring students.  Delegates also get to take part in a night of food and dancing at an exclusive inauguration gala hosted at one of the Smithsonian Institution’s historic museums.

To enter, select a school within the database or manually enter school data.  The three schools with the highest number of nominations will be awarded the grand prize, including the expense-paid trip to the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit for a full delegation: (1) educator and (5) students.  97 schools will receive a school banner and recognition at the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit. 

Random drawings will be conducted for secondary prizes:

  • (5) runners-up receive an iPad
  • (25) runners-up receive a t-shirt

The Champions for Change contest is a part of the broader Chase the Race in School program, which Envision and Discovery Education launched in February 2016, and includes a series of classroom resources to lead students through this year’s major presidential election milestones. The online resources, videos, digital tools, and live virtual experiences bring these events to life through the perspective of the youth audience — from the primaries to the national debates, all the way to Election Day and the Presidential Inauguration.

For more information, visit www.ChasetheRaceinSchool.com.

About Envision
Envision helps students turn their career and life aspirations into reality.  The Envision family of programs (http://www.envisionexperience.com) enable students of all ages to explore their interests and gain learning experience beyond the classroom. Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students from more than 145 countries, with programs designed to connect high aspiring students with the leadership, scholarship, and career skills needed to success in today’s competitive college and career landscape; providing unique, real world experiences that enable students to discover their passion, try out a future career, and positively impact the world around them.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.