Voting ended at 11pm our time. At 10:30, we were in the #4 spot. The site is down for maintenance and won't be back up again until tomorrow afternoon. Our chances look good, but I take nothing for granted. See you tomorrow.
We're at #8. On our way to go stand at intersections for final votes...I'm going to buy at least 50 2 liters of Pepsi too. Let me know if you want one...
Remember, last chance, if you haven't voted at all, please consider voting today, IT'S FREE:)
Text the message 105853 to the number 73774(pepsi).
Thank you, and I'll post again at 11:00pm tonight.
And we fell all the way to #14 at 1pm today. After 2 solid weeks at #5, this was completely disheartening. We're at #12 as of 7pm, but you have to keep an eye on the others because they have strategies in place. We could easily lose this despite all of our efforts. Remember voting ends at 11pm tomorrow central standard time. If our school could have texted for just one solid week we may not be in this much trouble. Oh well. Which reminds me, our Superintendent is in full support of our efforts. I'll have to post his letter. Right now though, here are pictures of the group in their first parade :)
I wish I could've gotten on a plane, gone to a warm island and just relaxed this long weekend without thinking about this contest. I'm nervous because I won't see my students this weekend and I'm worried we're going to lose a lot of votes. We actually hit #4 yesterday! We're at #6 now, I just don't want to hit #11 again. TOO SCARY! We will be in the Memorial Day parade, handing out flyers and getting as many texts as possible. We're going to go out today and stand at different businesses asking people to text. Tuesday we plan an all out text day. We have several places that will let us stand at their entrance asking people to text.
Here's something interesting for you: guess who saw a blue Pepsi carton on Lute Rd., noticed the magic word "REFRESH", and pulled over to get the code inside?? Yes, it was me. The code was only worth 5 votes, but hey, I didn't have to buy a case of Pepsi to get the code :)
Today was interesting because the Pepsi site was down for "scheduled" maintenance. Our class went on a field trip, so while none of my students were voting, we slipped from #7 to #9, which again goes to show how every vote counts. We have people from different businesses and even different states voting for us, but it takes daily votes to stay in the running; you cannot take a day off from voting. Once we got back from the field trip and voted, we went back to #8. Then of course we slipped back to #9. My husband, Vanessa and I then went to 6th grade orientation night at our middle school, and there were so many people in the gym, that I said to my principal, "you are not going to let this entire group of people leave without letting me tell them to text, are you?" Being supportive of our cause, and not wanting to go through this Pepsi contest ever again, she let me address the audience, and guess what happened? We moved back up to the #8 spot. Here's a pic of what Vanessa and I were wearing today :)
Students have been bringing me power codes this week, and from Monday to today the total power codes have been worth approximately 600 votes. Even with all of those votes, which do not include all of the regular votes from our supporters, we have yet to move back to the #5 spot. This goes to show just how many votes it does take to move up. EVERY VOTE COUNTS; EVERY TEXT COUNTS! Please do not skip a day of voting. The upcoming holiday weekend is making me nervous because people forget to vote on weekends, especially students. We cannot afford to lose votes when we are so close to the end.
Look around Portage and you should see flyers displayed at local businesses, and announcements on business marquees. I'll post pictures of those and list our supporters by Friday. I interviewed our dance group today and hope to have the video uploaded by tomorrow. This will give you a chance to know the girls in the group and find out how being a part of this group has affected them.
We have fallen all the way down to the #10 spot. We keep moving back and forth between the #9 and #10 spots, so that means there are not a lot of votes separating us from the next group. I may have to invest in buying $100-$200 worth of 2 liter Pepsi's. If we win $10K in the end, it will be worth it.
Last night was the Willowcreek Middle School talent show. There were three categories: dance/skit, singing, and instrumental. I'm proud to say the Ballet Folklorico took 1st place in the dance category. The crowd loved them!
DAY 22 - It's 10:30 pm and we went from the #5 spot to the #8 spot in only five hours! We still have over a week to go, so we cannot slip like this on the weekends! Next weekend is a long weekend, which means more days to LOSE votes. Every online vote is important, every text is important! Don't forget, one person is allowed to vote THREE TIMES for the same cause-1) make a Pepsi account and sign in, 2) sign in through facebook if you have a facebook account, and 3) text.
Also, we need the yellow caps on the Pepsi bottles as they contain power votes! Collect all you can and drop them off at Willowcreek Middle School.
Day 15 - Still holding the #5 spot. 16 more days to go. If we are still in the top 15 by then, we will receive $10,000 (provided we pass the audit of the votes). Thank you to those who are supporting us. This money will allow my dancers to learn new dances and actually be able to perform them since they will have the proper costumes to do so!
We have a performance today at St. Paul Church in Valparaiso, IN, at 2:30pm. All I know is we are performing for the Bishop, teaching him about our heritage. Ever since we were mentioned in the newspapers in January, I've received many requests for performances and asking for lessons. A Ballet Folklorico was definitely needed in the Porter County area!
Day 10- May 31st really can't come soon enough. We're in the #5 spot, which is GREAT, but we have to stay in the top 15 for the next 21 days. I wouldn't be as worried if it weren't for the POWER VOTES that are out there. Don't forget, if you buy Pepsi, buy the specially marked 2 liters and 12 or 24 cases that contain power votes!! They can be worth up to 100 votes! You need to have a Pepsi account to use them, so if you don't have one, drop them off at Willowcreek Middle School or send me an email with the code. Speaking of Power Votes, here is a picture of those specially marked 2 liters of Pepsi. Our friend, Giovanni, surprised me last Friday by dropping off FIFTY 2 liters of Pepsi, all with Power Vote codes underneath the cap! He said he bought everything Jewel had :) Friday was also the first day we met. You see, Willowcreek helped Giovanni win an online contest to the North Pole. He will be traveling next month and blogging about the entire trip!Thanks again Giovanni!