In addition to notebooks, folders and pencils, Marco’s Pizza wants to be added to this year’s back-to-school shopping list.
Marco’s has announced the Online School Challenge, a way for schools to “earn extra funds for programs they may have to otherwise sacrifice.” The contest will be for the greater Cleveland and Toledo areas.
“I think everyone recognizes that education of our kids is extremely important,” Vice President of Administration Shawn Chowdhary said. “This is an opportunity to continue [giving back] but on a different level. This gives back directly to the schools. … Our goal was to give back to the community and have a little fun doing it.”
Schools can benefit by ordering pizza online anytime during the school year. Pizza points will be awarded to the designated school. Customers will find a list of participating schools while placing an order online. Chowdhary said the points are weighted, so schools with fewer students can still compete with a bigger school. Points are correlated to the dollar spent.
“You don’t have to be affiliated with the school to give the school credit for the order,” Chowdhary said. “My next door neighbor doesn’t have kids that go to school but they order Marco’s Pizza online. They can select my kid’s school and the school will still get credit.”
The contest will begin Sept. 1. Any schools interested in participating can still get involved by visiting marcos.com/challenge or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Chowdhary said schools can still sign up after Sept. 1.
The contest will run until April 30. After that, points will be tallied up and the top six schools will win cash prizes. First place will win $10,000 and a pizza party, second place will win $2,500, third place will win $1,500, fourth place will win $1,000 and fifth and sixth place will win $500.
There will also be $500 prizes for the school with the most points every month.
”The beauty of the challenge is that it draws the whole community together in ways that benefit all,” Marco’s Pizza franchisee Matt Baker said in a news release. “Schools benefit with $20,000 in prize money and they seem to appreciate the competitive spirit.”
According to a news release, Marco’s Pizza, headquartered in Toledo, is the fastest-growing pizza company in the United States. It recently ranked 11th place in the “2012 Pizza Industry Top 100 Movers & Shakers” by PizzaMarketPlace.com.