Enter BGE’s Video Challenge and Win $10K for Your School

Baltimore Gas and Electric has kicked off its second annual Wires Down Video Challenge, offering both public and private elementary schools in its service area the chance to win up to $10,000 to fund a school enrichment program.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are encouraged to create their own adaption of BGE’s popular “Wires Down” electrical safety commercial. Participating schools must produce a 30-to-45-second video using the same lyrics from the original “Wires Down” commercial. Video submissions will be accepted online through Nov. 18 at  bgevideochallenge.com. BGE Wires Down Video Challenge

Beginning in late November, schools will compete against each other during a two-week online public voting period. The winning schools will be announced in January 2014

Originally produced in 2000, the Emmy Award-winning commercial, with its “do not, do not, do not touch” refrain, aims to help raise awareness of electricity hazards, especially among young children.

Elementary schools will have an opportunity to win in the following categories:

Star Power Award – $10,000
Spotlight Award – $5,000
Cast and Crew Award (to acknowledge efforts by students) – $3,000
Director’s Cut Award (to acknowledge creativity) – $3,000
Golden Pipes Award – $3,000
Screen Gem Award (up to 9 awards for best overall in each county) – $1,000
Rock the Vote! Award (for the video with the most online votes) – Backpacks and safety gear

Last year, Edgewater Elementary was the only South County school to enter a video in the Wires Down Video Contest. The 2012 winners included

  • Vincent Farm Elementary School in White Marsh, $10,000  Gold Prize Winner;
  • The Odyssey School in Stevenson, $5,000 Silver Prize Winner; and
  • the Bronze Prize Winners, each receiving $1,000 included Carroll Lutheran School in Westminster; Hollifield Station Elementary School in Ellicott City; Magnolia Elementary School in Joppatowne; Marley Elementary School in Glen Burnie; Midtown Academy in Baltimore City; and Saint Ursula School in Parkville.

For additional  information about the Wires Down Video Challenge, including official rules, downloadable entry kits and helpful tips, visit BGEvideochallenge.com.

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About Cynthia Giorgio

I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to cynthia@southriversource.com or call me at 301-906-4767.

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