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January 18, 2011 > Support two local schools competing for Pepsi grants

Support two local schools competing for Pepsi grants

Submitted By Stephanie Tom

Two Fremont schools, Glankler Early Learning Center and Mission San Jose High, have applied for Pepsi Refresh Grants. Winners are determined by online and text voting; both schools need the help of all Tri-City residents.

Since February 2010, Pepsi has given away approximately $1.3 million every month to individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations that have proposed ideas that will have a positive impact. Grant proposals must go through a submission process and be selected in order to make it to the voting cycle. Glankler Early Learning Center (preschool) and Mission San Jose High School, both part of Fremont Unified School District, have made it to the voting round for the month of January.

There are six categories of Pepsi Refresh Grants: Arts & Culture, Education, Food & Shelter, Health, the Planet, and Neighborhoods. Each category has various grant amounts: $5,000, $25,000, $50,000, and $250,000. Glankler Early Learning Center is competing for a $5,000 grant in the Education category; Mission San Jose High School is competing for $50,000 in the Arts & Culture category. In order to successfully compete for their grants, the schools must finish within the top 10 of their respective categories.

Funds for Glankler, a special needs preschool, will go towards computer software for non-verbal children, hosting events with stimulating social experiences such as a petting zoo and spaghetti dinner/carnival, and a thank-you event for Glankler teachers, paraeducators, and numerous speech, occupational, and physical therapists. Funds for Mission San Jose High School will go towards new uniforms for the marching band as they perform at this year's Fourth of July parade in Washington D.C. and as they represent the U.S. at the Diamond Jubilee Parade celebration for Queen Elizabeth in London, England in 2012.

Daily voting can be accomplished in three ways: 1) send a text message to Pepsi at 73774 and in the message field type the numeric ID for Glankler ("104936"), in a separate text message type the numeric ID for Mission San Jose ("102415") (Your usual text messaging rates will apply.); 2) vote online at and type "Glankler Guppies" or "Mission San Jose" in the search field. You will be directed to each school's page; just click "vote for this idea"; 3) vote through your Facebook page. You must be a U.S. resident and over the age of 13 to vote. Remember that you can vote all three ways for BOTH Glankler and Mission San Jose every day. Voting has already begun and will end on January 31.

This grant program is nationwide so we need as much local support as possible. Vote every day! Good luck Glankler Early Learning Center and Mission San Jose High School.

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