The finalists have been announced in the Bing Earth Day photo contest and what an amazing group of young photographers we have found.

After pouring through more than 16,000 submissions, the Bing team has narrowed it down to three finalists for each of the four age groups. You can vote on the finalists at the contest home page. The grand prize winner will get their photo displayed on the Bing home page on Earth Day, April 22 and each of the finalists have secured new computer equipment for their schools.

More information about the finalists and their photos can be seen on the Bing blog.

What I wanted to talk to you about was the special opportunity we are proud to be a part of. For each of the first 20,000 people that vote each day between now until April 19, Microsoft will issue them a $5 gift card that can be used to make a donation to donorschoose.org.

With this program, Microsoft is pledging $700,000 to help fund the needs of schools and teachers across the country. For those that don’t know, donorschoose.org is a Web site where teachers can ask for contributions of any size to help fund classroom projects ranging from new highlighters to an interactive whiteboard.

You can get one card per day. That could mean $35 just for a special project at your child’s school. And all you have to do to help is go vote!

I just voted – quick, easy and fun – there is some amazing student work on the site!

Regards,

Rob

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