Official Rules for the UNICEF School Challenge Contest

No Purchase Necessary. A Purchase Will Not Increase Your Chances of Winning.


Eligibility:  The Contest is open to US residents who are (a) teachers of grades K through 8, (b) at least eighteen (18) years old, and (c) employed full-time by an accredited elementary school in the United States that participated in the 2014 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program. Employees of United States Fund for UNICEF (“Sponsor”) or MDR Professional Services (“Administrator”), as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.


Entry Period:  The Contest begins at 12:00 AM ET on October 1, 2014, and ends at 11:59 PM ET on January 9, 2015.


How to Enter: 


Register: Register to participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2014 on  You may order collection boxes or choose downloadable DIY resources.


Send in Your Donations Collected: To be eligible for the contest, the donations you collected participating in the 2014 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program must be received by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF by December 1, 2014.  Donations may be sent in using any of the methods listed here.


Submit Your Entry: Beginning on October 1, 2014, teachers may submit their entry via an online form at All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET on January 9, 2015. Teachers will need to provide complete contact information and an answer to the challenge question: “If you won a $1,000 technology grant, what would you do to advance global citizenship in your classroom?”  Answers to the challenge question must be less than 2,000 characters. There is a limit of one (1) entry per teacher.


Representations and Warranties:  By entering, you represent and warrant that: (i) you accept these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions regarding the Contest; (ii) your Entry doesn’t violate any third party’s rights; and (iii) to the extent the Entry or the photograph required from the winners (See section vii, c: “Post-Prize Requirement”) features individuals other than yourself, you have written permission from each individual (or his/her parent or legal guardian) to grant the rights to Sponsor described in the “Sponsor’s Rights to Entries” section below, and can make written copies of such permissions available to Sponsor upon request.


Sponsor’s Rights to Entries:  You do not transfer ownership of your Entry by entering the Contest. If you are a winner you may be asked to transfer the rights of your entry to the Sponsor. See 6c in the rules for potential winner requirements. However, by entering, you: (a) grant Sponsor, its agents, licensees, and assigns an irrevocable, perpetual (non-exclusive) right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your Entry as-is or as-edited (with or without using your name) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you or any other party; (b) forever waive any rights of copyrights, trademark rights, privacy rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude Sponsor’s use of your Entry, or require any further permission for Sponsor to use the Entry; and (c) agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against Sponsor on the grounds that any use of the Entry, or any derivative works, infringes any of your rights as creator of the Entry, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights, and moral rights.


Winner Selection Process:  Between January 9 and January 30, 2015, a panel of judges will evaluate all entries according to the following Judging Criteria: (a) originality and creativity in answering the question; (b) overall quality of the writing, including proper spelling and grammar; (c) alignment with the theme of teaching global citizenship; and (d) verification of receipt of the entrant’s 2014 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations by December 1, 2014. Prizes will be awarded based on the judges’ scores. The odds of winning depend on the number and quality of entries. Potential winners will be contacted on or about February 2, 2015 and prizes will be awarded on or about February 27, 2015. There is a limit of one (1) prize per teacher. Prizes will be distributed directly to the schools and not to the individual teachers.


Potential Winner Requirements:  In order to win a prize, a potential winner may be required to provide Sponsor with the following documents within ten (10) business days: (a) an affidavit of eligibility and release; and (b) a release assigning and transferring all rights, title, and interest in the Entry to Sponsor. If a potential winner fails to return these documents on time, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place based on the judging criteria. Sponsor reserves the right to verify all information submitted at the time of entry and on the affidavit and release. In the event that any information is deemed false, the entrant will not be eligible to receive a prize.  Prizes unclaimed after 30 days may not be awarded. Unclaimed or forfeited prizes may, in the discretion of Sponsor, be awarded to an alternate winner.




Prizes:  Fifteen (15) Prize winners will each receive a $1,000 cash grant for their schools. The prizes will be distributed directly to the schools. A representative from the school must sign the affidavit with a pledge to use the cash grant to purchase technology that will help the school advance global citizenship.


For all Prizes:  Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.


Post-Prize Requirement: All prize winners will need to submit a photograph showcasing the new technology in use in their classrooms.  Photographs must be submitted no more than 90 days after the prize monies have been awarded.


General Conditions:  In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest; or (b) award the prizes according to the criteria set forth above from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. THE CONTEST IS SUBJECT TO FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS AND IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.


Release and Limitations of Liability:  By participating in the Contest, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Administrator, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) injury or damage to persons or property; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) technical errors; (d) printing errors; (e) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (f) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of Entries. You further agree to indemnify, release, and hold the Released Parties harmless from any Claims that their use of your Entry (as contemplated herein) violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


Privacy and Publicity:  The information you provide when you enter will be treated according to Sponsor’s Privacy Statement and Administrator’s Privacy Policy. Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes your consent to Sponsor’s use of your name, likeness, voice, opinions, biographical information, and state of residence for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.


Disputes:  Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in New York. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than New York.


Sponsor and Administrator:  The Contest is sponsored by United States Fund for UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, and is administered by MDR Professional Services, 6 Armstrong Road, Suite 301, Shelton, CT  06484.



Results:  To request a winners list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF School Challenge 2014,” MDR Professional Services, 6 Armstrong Road, Shelton, CT 06484.  Requests must be received by December 5, 2015.