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As I know from your e-mails, all of us have been affected by the current recession in some way.  One of the things that has been affected and will continue to be affected negatively is our schools.  According to The American Association of School Administrators, next year there will be a 56% increase of schools expected to drop field trips all together.  To fight this trend, Lunchables has created the “Field Trips for All” contest.

The Field Trips For All contest is a way to give your child a really memorable and educational experience.  The contest works on a nominations-based system.  Simply nominate a classroom that you think is deserving (anyone 6 and up can nominate a classroom) and that class will be entered for a chance to be one of the 50 classrooms that get to go on an amazing field trip.

It is super easy to nominate a class room. Just click on nominate a classroom and fill in the information. I nominated my aunt’s 5th grade classroom, because it is in a poor community. They need to see that there is so much outside of their little city to look forward to and prepare for.

Watch a fun field trip that Lunchables already put together. What a memorable day for these kids!


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Leave a comment on who you nominated and why below.  If don’t have a connection with a classroom then read through the comments and help out a fellow couponing friends class!

I’ll go first: I nominated My Aunt Janet’s 5th Grade classroom at Riverside Elementary in Marianna Florida.  She is one of the most dedicated school teachers I know, and the area is one of most economically challenged school districts in Florida.

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    • vgwagoner

      I teach in an inner city elementary/middle school in greensboro NC – we want our kids to have varied experiences, as many have never left “the neighborhood” they think where I live is out of town, because I get on the interstate to get to work, but dont have the funds to support it. Hope we win!

    • KLlovesQs

      I nominate my friend who teaches 2nd grade at a school in Columbia, SC. Many of her kids families are low income. She has several kids who only have one parent in the home. They don't get to do many fun activities with their families so the places they get to go on school field trips is all they have. I'd love to see them win!

      • KLlovesQs

        I'm heading over to the Lunchables site now to formally nominate her classroom. Thanks Jenny!

    • mlong2004

      I nominate a friend's elementary classroom in Irmo, SC. She teaches an emotionally disturbed class, and they would really benefit from a fun field trip. Field trips are not in the budget for them since they are also in regular ed classrooms for half of the day. So, it's very expensive if she ever wants to take them anywhere. Sometimes the special needs of students get overlooked, and they miss out on a lot.

    • mag9775

      I nominate my daughter's kindergarten classroom. Our field trips have already been cut! Some of my most memorable memories of elementary school are of field trips. The bonding on the bus, the excitement of being out of the classroom with your friends, lunch in a different place, and of course the hands on learning experience was the BEST!!!! I am very sad my daughter will not experience this.

      • mag9775

        Ooops, I just noticed it starts for first graders. :( Maybe next year.

    • kathi

      WOW! What an advertising ploy for Oscar Meyer. There are (according to their website) 30000 SCHOOLS where they are eliminating field trips (note schools, not classrooms, we would surmise that there would be multiple classrooms in each school)

      So their altruistic thing is to give 50 classrooms a free field trip? Really? How much would it cost them in advertising to reach the number of people who are going to be reached because those people are trying to give children what they desperately deserve? How does the amount of money Oscar Mayer saves on advertising (since we are all doing it by word of mouth) compare to the amount they will spend on 50 classroom field trips?
      For me just another reason to boycott their product

      • RebeccaFer

        Yikes! Your response is way too cynical for me. Please, stop blaming and hating and just keep it to yourself if you're unhappy. I think regardless of how many they are helping (ummm, let's say 1,000 kids and probably about 50 teachers/chaperones) they are helping. What difference is this between a company doing a giveaway of a cruise for four or a trip to Hawaii? Geesh, it's just a wonderful thing to do, period! Advertising or not, it's still admirable and by the way, it's not free for them to do this. I'm not a fan of Lunchables for my kid but I do think this company is doing something right..

        • kathi

          No it isn't free, I'm just saying they would have to pay a whole lot more for the advertising. If they were truly being altruistic I would think they would put the same amount they would have had to pay for the advertising into field trips for the kids. THAT would result in many more than 50 classrooms and come much closer to their title “Field Trips for All”

          • RebeccaFer

            I totally understood what you were saying. I know that you come to that conclusion because you care about children, teachers and their well being. However, as a small business owner, I believe that any business, no matter their size, has the right to offer something on their terms and you either deem it worth your time or not. Oscar Meyer (aka Kraft Foods) does far more as a philanthropic company then most people realize and if they make a small or even a large amount of money doing it, more power to them. I am not trying to slam you for your position but merely stand up for a business that is doing the right thing and should not be boycotted for something like this. Go after Walmart if you like because I will never stop anyone from being angry at their business practices.

            • kathi

              I boycott Walmart too. I would've been ok w/ this promo if they'd gone w/ a title other then “Field Trips for All”. It is very misleading.

            • RebeccaFer

              I'm sorry. I'm not going to argue about this. We have a totally different opinion and I just meant to state that. All the best to you.

            • kathi

              Also, Kraft is now a part of Nestle which has had a bad rep for years.

        • kathi

          I forgot to answer your question What difference is this between a company doing a giveaway of a cruise for four or a trip to Hawaii?

          The companies that offer a cruise or trip to Hawaii don't title their promotion “Hawaiian Cruise for All”

        • lacey

          Seriously? Why do some people on this site have to attack the comments left by others? To accuse her of “hating,” “blaming,” being “cynical” and being “unhappy” is a little over the top, don't you think? If you don't share her personal opinion that is fine, but why attack someone else's comment or make such personal attacks at them such as saying they are “unhappy” people to have that opinion. Honestly, your comment is the one that sounds like it comes from an “unhappy” person since you are the one personally attacking someone. It's all these attacking comments that are making this site so much more negative.

          • Dang! I don't think anyone was as vicious as you. I am very new to this site and reading through the comments, I've seen some people voice opinions but I don't think RebeccaFer was attacking lacey personally like you attacked her saying she's an “unhappy” person! She said the response was cynical, not the person! The blaming and hating and unhappiness is of the company, not directed at the person. This country has gotten to the point that if someone disagree's with someone else, even on a coupon blog, they get burned in such a mean way. She apologized at the end and said she just disagrees and that's it. I gotta say this is probably the last time I will visit this site since some of you seem just too petty and sad for me! And, yes, THAT is a personal attack!

      • lacey

        Ah, someone else who can see through this thinly-veiled marketing ploy! It's all about free advertising and getting additional sales. This is not an “altruistic” thing. It's all about the company's bottom line. Yes, I am a business owner. I do know how all this works.

    • alivias_closet

      I'd like to nominate my best friend from high school's 3rd grade class. She teaches in the small town we grew up in and with the economy things are much different than they used to be. Her class could really use this!

    • RebeccaFer

      Jenny, I am going to be homeschooling my daughter next year and we have a wonderful community of home schoolers in our Charlotte area. I am so glad that field trips are an everyday part of homeschooling and it makes me sad to think of all the kids who don't get a chance to explore the world beyond their schools' walls. I am going to nominate your Aunt Janet's class too. It sounds like an awesome giveaway and I hope they get a lot of response!

      To anyone posting, leave more info about your choice so if someone like myself would like to help out too, they know how to vote for your teacher's class! :D

      PS LOOOOVE the video! How sweet!

    • tammyho

      I am going to nominate the first grade class at my daughters school CrossPoint Christian Academy in Greenville SC. The school is awesome. My daughter is a cancer patient. The director has such a heart for kids with cancer because she is a survivor. She decided that they shoudld offer free tuition to cancer patients. Because I had to cut back on hours at work, we would never have been able to afford private school. Would be awesome if they won!

      • RebeccaFer

        Oh, that sounds like a fabulous school Tammy! I can not applaud teachers (and directors) of such schools enough! God bless your daughter and I pray that her cancer is healed completely. God bless you too.

    • steph

      I think Lunchables ought to spend some time/money trying to figure out how to squeeze some actual nutrition into their lunches. I know kids that eat this stuff all the time and no veggies. Very sad if you ask me. But good for them trying to do something nice for the kids… now please do something healthy

      • srqgrl34

        Not sure why Steph posted. Why are you even on this site? If you don't like lunchables then why are you posting here or trying to scam on their contest? Hypocrite!!!! Oh….now please get a life!

      • anon

        Totally agree!! I've worked in schools for years, and it is so sad when kids bring lunchables for lunch every day. They are total crap in terms of nutritional quality.

    • Ann

      I nominate.. oh wait a minute.. even if I was to nominate my daughter's class, they still wouldn't be able to go… Why, because the school board thinks it is unfair to let just one class go on a specific field trip to a place that is paid for by the parents or anyone else… I hope the classrooms that do win this are allowed to go.. I know my daughter's class would have to forfeit the prize sadly… because they say that everyone has to be treated equal… (Oh, and yes, their field trips were cut to 1 trip this year inwhich all the parents paid 100%. They said next year will be none because the parents cannot afford trips and the school can't afford the trip insurance… she is in 1st grade)… :(

    • Meme

      About field trips. We lived in Florida for over nine years. I was shocked on the first day of school to find out I didn't have to pay any fees for books, etc. We didn't have to finance field trips, bus drivers for the field trips. Just provide a small amount for a lunch prepared by the lunchroom or send a bag lunch with them. And the field trips were “behind the scenes” at Sea World, or Epcot, or the Space Center, the plantarium (the real thing!) and places like this.

      When we moved back to SC I had totally forgotten about the book fees and all the expenses for getting started at school. I was shocked when the fundraisers started for field trips. In my estimation, way too expensive for the type and location of the field trip. The monies were not handled correctly, it was a sham.

      I agree with the person who posted about the homeschoolers field trips. They are educational and so much fun. We have been on several with our different grandchildren. Yes, all in the family that want to attend are invited. And the grandkids are so proud to show off their grandparents. I don't think there have been any to interact with aliens yet.

      As much as I hope the schools can be given the attention they deserve in funding, I also see the problem it may cause if one class gets the nice field trip. Maybe it would be better to plan a special event to take place at the school so that all can share in the big “picnic day”, etc. Would Lunchables be interested in that concept?

      Signed, a truly sympathetic and concerned grandparent.

    • i was going to write one and nominate my daughters class but after reading tammyho's i also want to her and her daughters school crosspoint christian academy. God bless you and your family!!!

    • MJ

      I teach kindergarten. I'm sad that we cannot enter.

    • lsbcrb

      that was so precious

    • Jen

      I was just reading through the previous comments….so sad how some people will just find anything they can to complain about.

      • meme

        Jen, I hope you didn't think my “editorial” was complaining against the contest. I just wanted to compare how some school programs worked in comparison with others. I also noticed that several nominee classes are located in Florida, where I found it to be a refreshment to find someone with their priorities straight. I guess in the twenty years we have been back in SC things have changed (as it has everywhere).

        At that time in Florida there was no state tax or lottery, so there must have been good brains behind the management of the education budget.

        In comparison, SC had a state tax, then charged us all the fees for books, etc., and any field trips. The fundraisers I called a sham because the money had not even been counted by the time the trip came up and we still had to come up with the money for the trip at the last moment. My kids usually surpassed the minimum to sell in hopes of helping out fellow students who had not been as successful.

        Now SC has the lottery and a chance at other funding and are cutting out teachers and programs.

        It would be a good idea to look carefully into the school policy (as someone mentioned if all can't go, none can go) and promote funding that would benefit all the children.

        Ask your child's teacher (or the parent of the child) what the teacher would like to have done for her class. Recently I asked my granddaughter's teacher and she ran through a list of things.
        –Toss bags made of a sturdy cloth filled with quilt batting to increase the kid's skills.
        –Recycled containers to hold their glue and other personal items in their cubbies. (She has decorated the containers for each child)
        –Paper towels as her allotment runs out quickly.
        –Cereal boxes to use as boards behind their artwork.
        –Containers for growing plants for each child. (I'm sure the potting soil would be appreciated also)
        –I wish I could remember more of the items and I'm sure each teacher's needs are different. Just ask!

        One of the most precious things I do is go into the classroom and just sit down in one of the little chairs. Usually my granddaughter is finishing up some art project at the end of the day so I let her have time to finish. Some of the children are so starved for attention. They will start edging their chairs closer a little at a time. One little girl ends up right against me and she just puts her little head against me. I just lay my hand on her back and sit there. We don't really have to say anything. She knows she is getting some “grandma” love.

        I guess I am really on a roll, but my point is there are a lot of things we can do without involving big business. And I didn't mean for my message to be negative but encouraging to get involved on a personal level.

    • Rebekah

      Kelly Carter's class at George I. Pair Elementary School, 2325 Platt Springs Road,
      West Columbia, South Carolina 29169

      She is a wonderful teacher. I have seen her in action and the kids learn with her teaching styles.

      Thank you for a chance.

    • Mimi1979

      First, let me say “Thank you” for the opportunity that you are giving 50 lucky classrooms! I would like to nominate my niece's 2nd grade class at Suwannee Elementary School in Live Oak, FL. She is a wonderful teacher and it is obvious she loves what she does. Fields trips are a thing of the past now due to all the budget cuts. It is really sad because children not only learn from them but fieldtrips are one of the highlights in school for them. Thanks Again!!

    • Almbrown

      I nominate Mrs. Smith's 1st Grade classroom at Imagine at Evening Rose in Tallahassee Florida. She is a wonderful teacher. She has really had her work cut out for her because Imagine is a new charter school to Tallahassee. Imagine's dedication to student learning is second to none; however, their resources are lacking. They are in their second year, but they are still working on establishing a school library and gaining state approval to sell lunches in their cafeteria. This wonderful field trip opportunity would be a fantastic resource for Mrs. Smith and her hard working first graders.

    • Kristie

      I nominate my granddaughters first grade class Ms Snooky Forge at Hunt Meadows School in Easley SC. Thanks for your dedication!

    • Amy

      I nominated the class my daughter will be in next year at the Alleluia Community School in Augusta, GA. This is a private school on the wrong end of town that has taken over a condemable building and turned it into something beautiful. The kids go to school in unairconditioned classrooms (remember we live in Augusta and it is hot 10 out of 12 months here) and rarely complain. They are hard-working, well-behaved students.

      The teachers at this school work for salaries that put most of them below poverty level. They teach because they love the students and believe in their work. They teach at great personal sacrifice and yet the students they turn out have some of the highest test scores in the area.

      I would love to see this class win because as parents we fund every field trip they go on. Many of our families could never afford to send their child someplace like the Atalanta Aquarium because of the cost. It would be a wonderful gift for the teacher, students and parents to be allowed this opportunity.

    • Denise Avalos

      I nominated my teacher for Valley Oaks charter School and all her students! They are all homeschooled by there parents and they work very hard, the children are wonderful!

    • Bianca Smith

      I nominate Mrs. Frost's History class in Crews Middle School. Mrs. Frost is a dedicated teacher who has suffered through countless rough patches in her life and deserves the opportunity to share her passion about history with her students in a different way.

    • Ashley

      i will help tammyho out and give my nomination to the crosspointe christian academy!

      I am going to nominate the first grade class at my daughters school CrossPoint Christian Academy in Greenville SC. The school is awesome. My daughter is a cancer patient. The director has such a heart for kids with cancer because she is a survivor. She decided that they shoudld offer free tuition to cancer patients. Because I had to cut back on hours at work, we would never have been able to afford private school. Would be awesome if they won!

    • Janae O

      Jenny, I can't thank you enough for letting us all know about this opportunity. I teach at a school in a really low-income area (Jonesville, SC), and I nominated Ms. Garner's fifth grade science class to go on a trip to an environmental education program at Johns Island. It's an amazing program, and I think the Jonesville students would enjoy and benefit from it greatly.

      Whether or not the kids I nominated are chosen, I still say this is a great promotion, and I think we should all at least try to appreciate that a large company is trying to do something to benefit our students… rather than complaining about it in a forum that isn't directly connected with said company.

      Thanks for all you do, Jenny!

    • jan

      Tupelo Childrens Mansion – Tupelo, Mississippi

      Just visited there, and the entire mansion's private school is for children in crisis. They supply housing and love for children in need. A field trip would be an immesurable experience for some of the unfortunate children.

    • Tamiann Adams

      I nominate Lockhart Elementry School Of Lockhart South Carolina This small school is shrinking and has very few years left love to have the kids experience as much as they can while they are still a close nit group of kids school . This is a school sits in a small village w population of 600 The Museum In Columbia for the 3rd grade 1cd grade or 6th grade class they welcomed my 4 children when relocating from ca with open arms and made them feel very welcome all of the teachers at this school truly care about the students being that it used to be K-12 and now K-8th you can imagine the bonds the small school has. :) A nomincation and a reminder to all that small schools are important to small communities

    • Tamiann Adams

      I nominate Lockhart Elementry School Of Lockhart South Carolina This small school is shrinking and has very few years left love to have the kids experience as much as they can while they are still a close nit group of kids school . This is a school sits in a small village w population of 600 The Museum In Columbia for the 3rd grade 1cd grade or 6th grade class they welcomed my 4 children when relocating from ca with open arms and made them feel very welcome all of the teachers at this school truly care about the students being that it used to be K-12 and now K-8th you can imagine the bonds the small school has. :) A nomincation and a reminder to all that small schools are important to small communities