H&R Block rolls out tax season contest for teachers

03/04/2014 11:20 AM

03/04/2014 3:29 PM

How big is a billion? H&R Block is turning to teachers for answers.

The Kansas City tax preparation company has made “How big is a billion?” the centerpiece of its tax season advertising campaign to illustrate how much money taxpayers fail to claim in filing their returns. Now the company is asking teachers nationwide to turn the slogan into a math assignment for a chance to win grant money of up to $3,000.

Teachers can submit examples from their students that illustrate the concept of $1 billion. For example, the company said, $1 billion is enough to fill 2,983 bathtubs or purchase $300 of classroom supplies for every public school teacher in the country.

The contest runs through March 14.

Teachers must submit a brief explanation and image of their creative concepts. Teachers can find the application on H&R Block's Dollars & Sense Facebook page. Grants of $3,000,$2,000 and $1,000 will be awarded to the winners in the following categories: grades 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. In addition, H&R Block will award $50 gift cards to the first 50 qualified entries.

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