Best Of The Road Essay Contest

B.E.S.T. Awards
Bookstock -- metro Detroit’s biggest and best used book and media sale, where proceeds benefit literacy and education projects throughout metropolitan Detroit -- is accepting entries for its B.E.S.T. Awards essay writing contest for 4th grade Detroit Public School Community District students from February 1 through March 16! This year’s topic for the B.E.S.T (Bookstock Extraordinary Student/School/Teacher) Awards is “My Favorite Book Character… and Why.”

What can you win? 
The winning entry will be awarded $750 for their school, $500 for their teacher, and $150 and a trophy for the student. Four finalists will be given $500 for their schools, $200 for their teachers, and a trophy and $75 for each student finalist. In addition, ten honorable mention entries will be selected; each receiving $100 for their schools, $50 for their teachers, and $25 for each student honorable mention. Tuesday, April 24 will also be Teacher Appreciation Day at Bookstock, where teachers who present their teacher ID will receive 50% off all purchases from 3 - 9 pm.

Where?
The awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 24th will be broadcast live from Laurel Park Place in Livonia between 5-6 p.m. on WDIV and be presented by a Local 4 personality.

How?
Each submission must include a one page handwritten essay on 8 x 11” paper along with an entry form and a signed media release. All entries must be postmarked by March 16, 2018 and submitted to Bookstock, 6735 Telegraph Rd., Suite 370, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301.  BEST Awards forms and contest information are available at bookstockmi.org. Five finalists will be notified by early-April 2018 and all finalists and DPS teachers and administrators must be present to win. Each student who submits an essay will receive a $5 Bookstock Buck coupon to use during the sale.

The owner of a hydroponic gardening store in Largo says he's giving away his 25-year-old business to the person who writes the best, 250-word essay expressing why they're most worthy.

That's the building, the land, the website and the inventory, according to the Facebook page for�Simply Hydroponics and Organics.�

The catch is that it will cost you $100 to enter "as many times as you want."

Hydroponics refers to methods of growing plants without soil. Simply Hydroponics and Organics specializes in supplies and hydroponic gardening resources at 7949 Ulmerton Road in Largo.�

The contest rules also state that the business also has a lucrative online customer base and their website gets more than 500,000 visits each year.�

Owner Allan Bednar, 78, has "spent the last quarter century building something more than a business and now that he’s ready to move into the next phase of his life, he wants to find an individual who’ll be an amazing steward of what he’s built," the announcement reads.

“I want to make sure our customers will still be taken care of in the same way. After all these years, many of them are like family and we feel the same about our staff. We’ve tried to create something that betters the community,” Bednar is quoted as saying.

"Knowing that there are so many brilliant, good and talented people struggling to make their dreams a reality, they see this as an opportunity to bless at least one person with a dream come true," the contest announcement continues.

Entries will be accepted through March 15, 2018, and the winner will be announced on April 2, 2018. That date was� changed from April 1 after several people questioned whether the contest was an April Fool's prank.

"It slipped our notice that the announcement date was April 1st but several people have already questioned if this was for real (knowing Allan and I,�can't blame them. lol). THIS IS NOT A JOKE! The announcement date is now, April 2nd," the store's Facebook page reads.

A banner hanging from a fence out front reads "WIN THIS BUSINESS!"

The owners say the top 25 essays will be judged "by three amazing impartial judges." Friends and family of the owners and judges are not eligible, according to the rules listed on their site.

Contest submissions must be made online, through the business' website at�simplyhydro.com/contest.htm.

Bednar and the business were in the news in 2009 when the Tampa Tribune reported that an undercover detective launched more than a half dozen marijuana grow house investigations by running license plate numbers outside the store, raising concerns that gardening aficionados might be targeted by narcotics investigators.

At the time, Bednar said he was worried his customers were being�"stereotyped and pigeonholed," while the sheriff's office denied any such profiling.

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