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School of the Future Design Competition

Competition Is a Highlight of Annual School Building Week

The School of the Future Design Competition gives middle school students the opportunity to re-design their school spaces to enhance learning, save energy, preserve resources, and make connections to the surrounding community. Well-planned schools are critical to the growth of healthy communities and the development of engaged citizens.

Schools and Students Benefit

Finalist teams will receive free travel and lodging for a trip to Washington, D.C. to present their projects to the national design jury. They will have an opportunity to meet with their Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill. There will be a reception in their honor at the NAR Washington headquarters and other activities in the capital area. At a ceremony at the National Building Museum, an NAR representative will present award checks to winners of the national competition.

In addition, regional first and second place winners will be honored at a ceremony in their own communities where they will receive cash bonuses presented by representatives of their local board of REALTORS.

Become a Community Leader in the School of the Future Design Competition

The 2009 School of the Future Design Competition has begun and you can help your community be part of this exciting event. As part of NAR’s effort to encourage REALTORS® to become leaders in their communities, this is an opportunity where you can connect with a school in your community and start building relationships.

2009 Timeline - Critical Dates

Get Involved
  • Watch the Webinar. Download the webinar recorded on May 6, 2009 which gives an overview of the Competition.

  • Visit a School. Contact your local school principal or official and meet with them to discuss the competition. NAR provides an information folder, including a DVD in which students tell about their experiences in the competition and what they learned.

  • Refer a School. If you know a school that might like to join the competition, invite them to sign up for the competition. Registrations will be accepted through November.

  • Mentor Students. Give students advice and encouragement each week as they design their schools, build models, and prepare for their jury presentations. Sign up to be a mentor on the CEFPI Web site. CEFPI will try to match you with a participating school in your area.

  • Inform Classes. Visit classrooms to inform students about the important role that schools play in the life of the community. Students will be judged on how well their designs position the school as centers of the community.

  • Judge Entries. Six regional design juries will judge entries in the first round of competition. Some travel may be involved. Volunteers should have some background in design or school issues.
To receive a School of the Future Competition Folder or for additional information on the School of the Future Design Competition, please contact:

Bob McNamara
National Association of REALTORS®
Smart Growth Policy Representative
Phone: 202/383-1268
Fax: 202/383-7580
E-mail: bmcnamara@realtors.org


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