Deck Your House and Win $100,000 for Mineola Public Schools

Get out the lights and holly. Your decorating could net $100,000 to our schools.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win a $100,000 gift to the Mineola Public Schools.

Patch.com is launching a nationwide contest to find the best dressed home in its Patch communities, and the winner’s school district will receive $100,000, no strings attached.

Here’s how the contest works. Beginning on Dec. 8 and continuing through Dec. 26, you can nominate your home by uploading a photo to the contest entry form on the site. During that same time period you and your neighbors will also be able to vote for your favorite festive home. The winning entry will be forwarded to a national Patch judge that will select 24 finalists. Each finalist will receive $500 that they can apply to their December electric bill.

From Dec. 30 through Jan. 8 you will be able to vote for the Best Decked House in all of Patch. The grand prize winner’s school district will receive a $100,000 check from Patch.

So, get out your lights and ladders (and your competitive spirit)! Whether your style is sophisticated or silly, we want you to dress up your house in the name of good cheer and our kids. At the very least, Mineola will be decked out like it’s never been before. And if we win, what better gift could we give to Mineola kids?

Enter Now! deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/mineola

If you’ve got any questions, post them below and we’ll share the answers with everyone in town. Click here for full .

kim December 09, 2011 at 12:41 PM
An obviously Christmas event that a Catholic School parent can't even compete in to help their schools that needs it most - especially in light of what is happening locally -for real?
SLJ December 09, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Good point--didn't think of it when I first read the article.
Geoffrey Walter (Editor) December 09, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Thank you both for the comments. We understand the position of Catholic/ private school parents in light of recent developments, however the contest clearly states that it is for public schools.
Vincent December 11, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Kim, how right you are. Headline of a story in Newsday today, "Rally held for Catholic school facing closure". How very sad.
Patrick December 12, 2011 at 05:11 PM
$100K will not sove the Catholic school problem, nor, for that matter, would it do much to help a public school.
Vincent December 13, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Patrick, Granted $100K will in no way solve the Catholic school problem however, I believe that the amount of $100K would go a long way to supplying all the children in the Mineola district with the iPads at $500 a pop which they are going to be supplied with. Unfortunately not through a grant this time. Or possibly some of the money could be used on the "problem" of purchasing the "apps".
mimi December 13, 2011 at 04:28 PM
It is a NATIONAL contest so the chances of a local school district winning is slim to none. No need for the sarcasm.
Patrick December 13, 2011 at 05:24 PM
It's called evolution, Vincent. Yes, it's uncomfortable, messy and upsetting to many people, but It's happened before - such as when Gutenberg's printing press ended the need to hand-copy each and every book. Another publicly funded organization currently has a spacecraft enroute to Mars. It's traveling a million (1,000,000) miles a day. I keep a close eye on it using my IPAD's NASA app. So, I think we have what it takes to resolve the 'app' controversy. Do me a favor - call your bank and ask them the last time they did anything great.
Vincent December 13, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Patrick, Right. But maybe we can save the taxpayers of the Mineola School District a couple of bucks.
mimi December 13, 2011 at 09:03 PM
You seem to have a lot to say about the district Vincent. It is obvious you are a taxpayer and entitled to your opinions but are you also a parent? Do you get your info solely from news sources? Do you attend board meetings?
Vincent December 16, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Chris, Do grandchildren count? Not that it should make a difference. No I don't attend board meetings as unfortunately my schedule doesn't permit me to do so. However, I keep abreast of the happenings of the school district because I care about the children not only of MHS but all children just as, more than likely you do. And I am honored that you would question my caring of school district issues. BTW, there was an article in today's Newsday entitled "Principals back teachers, appeal to NYS" regarding the new teacher evaluation system. I would be interested to know where you stand on this issue.
Geoffrey Walter (Editor) December 16, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Please keep all comments in this article related to the Deck the Halls contest. Thank you.
mimi December 16, 2011 at 11:07 PM
No problem Geoff.
Eileen Lusardi December 23, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Someone from Mineola entered...so go vote only once per day!
Eileen Lusardi December 27, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Vote on Dec 30th for the Hale house in Mineola....you never know!
Vincent January 14, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Speaking of contests, anyone know who won this one?


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