Michigan Elementary School Wins $25,000 Grand Prize in Bridgestone Fuel the Cause Contest
Donation will rebuild Waterloo Elementary School playground
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 12, 2014) – Students at Waterloo Elementary school in
Monroe, Mich., will now be able to build their much longed-for playground. Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) today announced the school is the winning site of its Fuel the Cause contest, receiving a $25,000 gift from the world’s largest tire and rubber maker.
More than 376,000 public votes were cast for Waterloo Elementary school through an online voting portal on the Bridgestone website. Waterloo students,faculty and area community leaders turned to social media, launching a grassroots,viral campaign to encourage the public to vote for their playground project. Currently, Waterloo students and neighborhood children have no place to play after previous playground equipment was removed for safety reasons. Waterloo Elementary is the smallest school in the Monroe Public Schools District with a poverty rate of 80 percent.
“The environmental mission of Bridgestone is to help ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations, and the Fuel the Cause contest has shown us that we are not alone in our commitment to building a sustainable future,”said Erik Seidel, Vice President of Brand Management, Bridgestone Americas.
“Congratulations to the students of Waterloo Elementary and thank you to everyone who participated in our contest. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we work together as One Team, One Planet.”
This is the first year for the Bridgestone Fuel the Cause contest. Consumer response exceeded expectations, with more than 760,000 votes cast in the month of April to support 12 finalists. To enter the Fuel the Cause contest, consumers were asked to submit three pictures and a brief description of the project and how it benefit from a $25,000 transformation. The entry with the highest number of online consumer votes was selected as the grand-prize winner.
Bridgestone conducted the Fuel the Cause contest as part of its annual Rethink Green promotion in April. Rethink Green highlights the Bridgestone Ecopia line of tires, which delivers low rolling resistance and improved fuel efficiency, as well as the company’s breadth of Eco-Products. The Eco-Product designation is used to identify Bridgestone products that feature environmentally-conscious materials, such as low-aromatic oil and recycled materials, and also are designed to help improve vehicle fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations: Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. Reporting into the BATO business unit are the company's Latin American tire operations; the U.S. and Canadian consumer tire businesses; the U.S. and Canadian commercial tire businesses; and Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC, which operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world. BATO develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The business unit is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and other tires, as well as retreads, to its customers in the Americas.