YOUNG people who want to make a difference to people around them can win cash prizes to help them achieve their goal.
The Shop For Your School competition is back for the fourth time and is presented by Singapore Press Holdings Foundation (SPHF) for the second year running.
Organised by The Straits Times' Little Red Dot, the weekly magazine for primary school pupils, it gives youth a chance to win one of three cash prizes of $5,000, $3,000 or $2,000 to enable them to lend a helping hand to their neighbours.
All they have to do is come up with a plan to use this money wisely.
This year's Shop For Your School theme is "Every neighbour matters: Lending a helping hand to your neighbour in need".
Pupils must explain who they plan to help and why they have chosen this particular group of people.
Participants must also submit a budgeted list of items they plan to purchase to help their beneficiaries.
Last year, Little Red Dot received 125 entries from a range of schools.
Innova Primary School won the top prize with its plan to partner Fei Yue Family Centre in helping low-income and single-parent families in the school's neighbourhood.
Ms Ginney Lim, general manager of SPHF, said: "We are heartened that Shop For Your School has received great support from schools and students."
Ms Serene Goh, schools editor for Little Red Dot and IN, its sister publication for secondary schools, added: "Our readers come up with the most innovative ways to improve our community.
"I can't wait to see what they come up with."
Entry forms and a series of tips to help young readers in the planning and brainstorming process can be found in Little Red Dot from today.
All entries have to reach the paper by March 27.
Schools interested in learning more about Little Red Dot or IN can e-mail Ms Amy Leo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article was first published on Feb 24, 2015.
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