Essay Contest Touted by NFL Star

Football star Eli Manning has called on students, parents and teachers across the U.S. to improve technology in classrooms by submitting a 100-word essay for the chance to win a portion of over $1 million in technology from Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope. The philanthropic initiative will reward winning writers with a Samsung GoT Netbook and their local schools with cutting-edge Samsung products, Microsoft software, DIRECTV educational television programming, cash grants and Best Buy gift cards.

The million-dollar contest comes on the heels of Samsung's National Tech in The Classroom survey that reveals 77 percent of Americans think the K-12 schools in their communities lack the technology access needed to help kids succeed in the 21st Century. Respondents to the survey further named technology teaching tools among the top three needs for companies to meet in local classrooms.

Beginning today through November 1, entrants can submit 100-word essays on "How consumer electronics, computer equipment and software awarded through Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope could benefit your school?"

To view all of the contest rules and submit the essay visit: