Teacher Appreciation Contest winners

Thank you to all the teachers that submitted an entry for our Teacher Appreciation Contest during Teacher Appreciation Week. We were pleased to see how much each of you values the importance of teaching handwriting, at a time when kids spend so much time typing, tapping and texting. We thank everyone who entered and we have chosen our three winners for the $100 cash prize.3rd grade class Continue reading

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Teachers, win $100 for your classroom!

Teacher Appreciation ContestHappy Teacher Appreciation Week! We love teachers for lots of reasons, but mainly because they teach kids how to write. After all, connecting with others through handwritten notes, letters and cards is what we’re all about at Pear Tree Greetings.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re giving teachers a chance to win one of three $100 Visa gift cards to spend on classroom supplies! And here’s all you have to do:
Tell us why you think handwriting is an important skill for today’s keyboarding kids to learn.

As teacher contests go, it’s pretty easy to enter. Just add your comment below, and three winners will be randomly drawn at the end of the week. Be sure to mention your name and school in your comment so we can identify you! Contest ends Friday, May 11th.

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“If I’d Only Known” Grad Contest

Win a $1,000 scholarship for your graduating senior!

Graduation ContestCongratulations to the Class of 2012 on reaching this important milestone–and to all you parents out there, for raising such great kids! Just when you think your work is done, here’s one more way to help your grad–especially if you’re looking for college scholarships.

Enter our “If I’d Only Known” Grad Contest and you could win a $1,000 in cash for your grad, or a $100 or $50 gift toward Pear Tree graduation invitations and announcements.

Mom and Dad, here’s what we’d like you to do. Not that long ago you were a high school graduate yourself–full of dreams, excited and scared, happy and sad all at the same time. You’ve learned a lot since then, and we’d like to find out just how much. Tell us something you wish you had known on your graduation day. What advice do you have for today’s grads (if they’d only listen)?

To enter, submit a photo from your high school years along with your advice for today’s grads at http://gradcontest.peartreegreetings.com. Then get friends and family to vote for your entry! Winners will be chosen from the top ten vote-getting entries. Entries will be accepted until May 6, 2012, so get started now!

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Announcing our Graduation Contest Winners!

It’s time to announce the winners of our grad contest! But first, a big thanks to everyone who entered. We were inspired by your stories, and moved by your obvious pride in your grad’s talents, strengths and accomplishments.

Dylan 1st place winnerOur first place winner is Brenda, a single mom whose son Dylan impressed us with his maturity, self-discipline, and dedication to friends, family, sports, volunteering, and hard work. He has been a big part of his community, volunteering and coaching all while being on the dean’s list. Read his full story here.

Congratulations to Brenda and Dylan! They will receive $100 toward graduation announcements, thank you notes, or anything else they need at Pear Tree Greetings.

 

 

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Incredible journey

Graduation Contest Entry #7

We have one son Alex who will graduate from High School in Australia this aged 17. We also have two younger daughters. We elected to send Alex to a Catholic all boys school in Perth where we live and is is keeping with our catholic faith. He has always been reasonable good at school and sport. The school we chose has a huge focus on sport as a way of developing fine young men. The last five years that he has been there for high school have been an incredible journey for all our family as we have seen him grow from a shy boy into a confident young man who is now a prefect at the school. He is surrounded by friends, families and marvelous teachers who have shared and contributed the success of the journey. Alex has acquired amazing skills to prepare him for his move into the broader community as an adult and to be a “Man for others”. As I have said to him on many occasions…”do not be sad it is over but be happy that we were there”.

Written by: Alex’s mother, Lucille

 

To enter our graduation contest, tell us what surprised you most about your high school or college grad. You could win up to $100 in graduation product at Pear Tree! Send your entry to contests@peartreegreetings.com with your name, email and phone number and then watch for it to be posted on our blog. But hurry–this graduation contest ends April 1st!

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Victory!

Graduation Contest Entry #6

Will, my son who is graduating from high school, has been playing baseball as long as he can remember. He is a talented player with a great head for the game. He has played all the way through school and in high school he has been a true utility player having played every position on the field.

Last Friday Will pitched a complete game for his high school team, the Panthers, and they won 5 to 3. Reading that score doesn’t sound newsworthy but what if I told you that win ended a 39 game losing streak? Yes, you read that correctly. The Panthers had gone two complete seasons, two years, without a win.

How difficult it must be to suit up and take the field knowing that your team will likely be overmatched and may even get shellacked, game after game. If experience in losing builds character, Will has built a fortress of character.

Will took time over the summer to pick up freshman players and work with them on their skills even though pre-season workouts were months away. He was part of a work team that cleaned out the batting cages and rebuilt the pitching mounds in the bullpen. They worked to get the field in the best shape it has been in since he arrived at the school. He takes his title of Team Captain seriously. He works to keep the team’s spirits high and he will leave the program better than he found it.

One of Will’s college application essays was about redefining victory based on his experience as a baseball player for the Panthers. Victory becomes playing 7 innings, something most teams take for granted. Victory is watching a bench player get a hit in his last game his senior year. Victory is having fans that attend every game no matter the outcome. These will be the things he remembers.

I am so proud of Will and what he accomplished last Friday with his team. The joy of these resilient players was unmatched and there were few dry eyes for those of us in the bleachers. This game was so emotional for us I doubt the graduation ceremony will be as poignant. Now if they can just do it again!

Written by: Will’s mother, Ann

 

To enter our graduation contest, tell us what surprised you most about your high school or college grad. You could win up to $100 in graduation product at Pear Tree! Send your entry to contests@peartreegreetings.com with your name, email and phone number and then watch for it to be posted on our blog. But hurry–this graduation contest ends April 1st!

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Unconditional Friendship

Graduation Contest Entry #5

Not often can you say that your child taught you to be a better person. On March 15, 2011 my daughter, Chelsea, had that opportunity. A close friend, Chelsea called her a BFF, and softball teammate of Chelsea’s was in a car accident. Savannah Ramza held on for a few days, but in the end the brain injury was too massive to survive. Savannah was an organ donor. There was a period of time between when the family made the grueling choice to donate as many organs as they could and when Savannah went in for surgery to harvest her organs. That day, a little over a year ago, Chelsea sat with Savannah and her dad, after all the family had said good bye. She sat with her, stroked her leg, told her how much she was giving to those other families, and was privileged to watch Savannah’s dad say good-bye as well. Chelsea was stronger than I could have been. She was stronger than many adults I know could have been. She was stronger than I ever wanted to see her have to be. She taught me, in those few days of her life, what it’s like to be a friend. Not just the kind who shares clothes, laughs at jokes, catches rides on Friday night, shares secrets (she was that friend too), but the kind who will stay, love, wait and put her own hurt and fear aside to truly love unconditionally. I carry that lesson every day and it makes me a better friend, mom, wife. Many will not ever know what Chelsea did that day, but she will know. It will matter to her.

Written by: Chelsea’s mother, Krissy

 

To enter our graduation contest, tell us what surprised you most about your high school or college grad. You could win up to $100 in graduation product at Pear Tree! Send your entry to contests@peartreegreetings.com with your name, email and phone number and then watch for it to be posted on our blog. But hurry–this graduation contest ends April 1st!

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Penn State

Graduation Contest Entry #4

Growing up he lived in the shadow of his two older sisters’ 4.0’s. He studied and studied and studied but could never do well enough. Thankfully in high school that all changed with the help of a few wonderful teachers who found new ways to break through his challenges. Suddenly the child that we all hoped would just get through high school was accepted to Penn State University. However, his dream came to a roaring halt one night as he was life flighted to the hospital with sudden onset acute anemia. The doctors did not know what it was as it only strikes about one person in the world per year. He was in the ICU and had several blood transfusions. The doctors talked about using chemo therapy to kill whatever it was that was killing my baby brother. He got better. It took a year of daily then twice weekly then weekly visits to a doctor two hours away, but he got better. Then he went to Penn State. My brother, Adam, is graduating with honors this summer and going to start his career in computer forensics. Last week he also proposed to his high school sweetheart. After a difficult road of learning and health challenges, he is about to take his first steps into his new role as a great man.

Written by: Adam’s sister, Ashley

 

To enter our graduation contest, tell us what surprised you most about your high school or college grad. You could win up to $100 in graduation product at Pear Tree! Send your entry to contests@peartreegreetings.com with your name, email and phone number and then watch for it to be posted on our blog. But hurry–this graduation contest ends April 1st!

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Artistic Graduate

Graduation Contest Entry #3

My sister Haley will be graduating from Concord High School in June. I am very proud of her. Out of the two of us she has always been the more creative one. Every year she has had several pieces in the art show. She has also been in choir shows and band concerts. When we’re at home she constantly has a project to work on. Earlier in our lives we faced some trouble with our parents and she used art as a way to escape. For that I admire her.

Congrats, Haley :)

Written by: Haley’s Sister, Hanna

 

To enter our graduation contest, tell us what surprised you most about your high school or college grad. You could win up to $100 in graduation product at Pear Tree! Send your entry to contests@peartreegreetings.com with your name, email and phone number and then watch for it to be posted on our blog. But hurry–this graduation contest ends April 1st!

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My Graduate Son

Graduation Contest Entry #2

I believe my son, Dylan Barnes, should be the winner of this contest because he is strong, loyal, hard-working, funny, kind to all–especially the very young and the very old–frugal, resourceful, and he never whines. No matter what happens or where he is, I can count on Dylan to do the right thing with a smile.

I was a working single mother for most of Dylan’s life, so he had to learn early to be on time, make his own lunches and do his own laundry. As he became a teen, I watched him apply self-discipline to his school work and athletic activities. I saw him do regular volunteer work, from refereeing games to serving the homeless to being the dunk tank target at the village 4th of July celebration. I saw him help and counsel his friends, take out the garbage, and give his all to school athletic teams even when they lost more than they won. Continue reading

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