My kids love to enter contests that will contribute to their education by writing a paper or doing research or an art project of some sort. Not this time. I'm sorry to say that Subway has chosen to exclude homeschooled children from their creative writing contest.
"ELIGIBILITY. Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are currently over the age of 18 and have children who attend elementary, private or parochial schools that serve grades PreK-6. No home schools will be accepted."
**The rules actually ASK THE PARENT TO HELP THE CHILD write the paper!**
I thought this was kind of funny:
A Homeschooling family was interviewed on Fox and Friends this morning on Fox News channel about the Subway Contest Homeschooler Exclusion! They also talked about all the misspelled words on the entry form.
Have you and your child write a letter to the subway president.
Frederick A. DeLuca, President
Subway Restaurant Headquarters
325 Bic Drive
Milford, CT 06461-3059
HSLDA has addressed the issue as well
Dear Mr. DeLuca:
By way of introduction, I am the President of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and we represent 83,000 member families nationwide. This letter is to draw attention to your “Every Sandwich Tells a Story Contest,” and the unfortunate fact that homeschoolers are not allowed to participate.
The rules clearly state: “Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are currently over the age of 18 and have children who attend elementary, private or parochial schools that serve grades PreK-6. No home schools will be accepted (emphasis added).”
It is extremely disappointing that Subway would choose to exclude the estimated 2 million homeschooled students.
We understand that the competition is focused on traditional public and private schools because the grand prize of $5,000 of athletic equipment is designed to be used by a traditional school and not an individual family. A potential homeschool winner, however, could simply donate the grand prize to a public or private school of their choice or to a homeschool sports league.
Homeschooling is a thriving educational option. All the available research shows that homeschoolers are excelling academically and socially. We do not deserve to be overlooked.
We hope that you will reconsider the rules of your competition and choose to amend them to include homeschoolers.
J. Michael Smith