FTC Hosting Services Announces Multimedia Contest in Support of National Bullying Awareness Week

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FTC Hosting Services and their MyVRSpot online hosting and social learning network, are challenging all K-12 students across the country to create video Public Service announcements (PSA) with a positive anti-bullying message. Three winning videos will be selected and each of those students will win a digital video camera, and the school with the highest ranking video, will receive a $1,000 technology grant.

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Anti-Bullying Week sends a clear and positive message that bullying is neither acceptable or inevitable in our schools and communities, and through this content, we hope to share positive messages with thousands of schools throughout the country.

FTC Hosting Services, a division of the FTC Family of Companies, is launching a multimedia contest in support of National Bullying Awareness Week, taking place November 15th – 19th. Through their MyVRSpot online hosting and social learning network, FTC is challenging all K-12 students across the country to create video Public Service Announcements (PSA) with a positive anti-bullying message. All entries will be reviewed by FTC’s esteemed Educational Advisory Board, and the students with the three highest rated videos will receive a digital video camera. To encourage teacher participation in creating awareness of bullying, FTC will also provide a $1,000 technology grant to the school whose student has the highest overall rated video.

“With the recent events across the county, it is important to have open discussion and foster an environment of more acceptance and less hostility”, says Allison Sloan, Director of Customer Relations at FTC. “Anti-Bullying Awareness Week sends a clear and positive message that bullying is neither acceptable or inevitable in our schools and communities, and through this contest, we hope to share positive messages with thousands of schools and students throughout the country,” she adds.

Schools do not need to be users of the MyVRSpot system to submit student entries. "While we are promoting this contest to our MyVRSpot student users, we wanted to make sure that all K-12 students have an equal opportunity to share their messages about bullying", says Michael Kessler, President of FTC Family of Companies. "If we can help create an awareness in our schools, then just maybe we can keep one less child from being bullied, and one more child from committing suicide", he adds.

Submitted videos must be original student work, should be limited to a maximum of five (5) minutes long, and can be submitted in the following formats: .avi, .mov, .mp4, and .wmv. To submit a video for consideration, please visit http://www.myvrspot.com/contest , and follow the on-screen instructions. In addition to the awards noted above, the top ten (10) videos will be showcased on the MyVRSpot website through the end of the year.

Entries can be submitted starting November 1st through November 19th, and the winners will be announced November 22nd, 2010.

About the FTC Family of Companies
The FTC Family of Companies (http://www.ftcomp.com) has spent the past 15 years providing quality educational products and services to K-12 schools and school districts. FTC Publishing develops install-based software and print resources including the award-winning GameIt! Interactive Game Series. FTC Hosting Services, featuring MyVRSpot, has been recognized as developing online systems for utilizing technologies students use outside the classroom to enhance curriculum. WebFTC is the web-based software curriculum division of FTC, whose products include the award-winning WriteIt! Live system.

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