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THANKSUSA ANNOUNCES NINTH ANNUAL TREASURE HUNT CHALLENGE

November 26, 2013, Washington, DC – ThanksUSA and their partner the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation today announced the launch of the ninth annual ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt (TH9), a free, fully interactive digital trivia and puzzle game about U.S. history, culture and values. The hunt supports ThanksUSA’s annual scholarship fund to benefit the children and spouses of active-duty military personnel by providing need-based scholarships for two-year or four-year colleges, vocational or technical schools. The focus of this year’s hunt will be the United States Bill of Rights.

The digital trivia game will be assessable starting Thanksgiving Day, November 28. Participants will be quizzed on the Bill of Rights’ history, purpose and implications on American life. It is the first of six Treasure Hunt chapters available for free online (www.thanksusa.org) and via mobile application.

“Treasure Hunt 9 promises to be one of our most challenging contests ever, engaging students and their families across the country while reminding them of the sacrifices of our troops,” said ThanksUSA Executive Director Michele Stork. “The ESA Foundation’s continued support for the contest and scholarships will help ThanksUSA cross the $10 million mark in scholarships.”

The ESA Foundation has underwritten the annual Treasure Hunt series for five years and also funds 25 “ESA Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarships” annually. Since its inception in 2005, more than 12,000 Americans have engaged in ThanksUSA treasure hunts that reflect the nation’s history, values and culture while raising awareness and funds for the educational pursuits of military families.

“The U.S. video game industry is proud to support our nation’s troops and their families,” said Jenny Lai, vice president of the ESA Foundation. “We are proud to help educate children through the use of digital technology and bring our unique and impactful resources to augment ThanksUSA’s remarkable mission and work.”

Following the official launch of Treasure Hunt Nine on November 28, subsequent chapters will be introduced on the first of each month beginning January 1, 2014. The six-month Bill of Rights challenge will close on May 31, 2014, and will be followed by a summer bonus round slated for July 4 – August 15, 2014.

Four players who correctly answer each chapter’s questions will each receive a $250 Walmart gift certificate. A grand prize – a $500 Walmart gift card – will be drawn from the pool of individuals who correctly answer all questions in each round.

The Treasure Hunt series serves to generate attention and donations for ThanksUSA’s annual scholarship fund. Since 2006, ThanksUSA award over 3,000 need-based scholarships valued at nearly $10 million to families representing all branches of the armed services across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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ThanksUSA_Logo_1About ThanksUSA
Founded in the fall of 2005, ThanksUSA, a non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization, is an effort to thank the men and women of our armed forces and their families for their service to the country with the gift of education. The organization provides need-based, post-secondary education opportunities to the children and spouses of active-duty status military personnel through competitive scholarships. For more information, please visit www.ThanksUSA.org.

PrintAbout the ESA Foundation
The ESA Foundation was created by the American interactive entertainment software industry to support and provide opportunities that can make a difference in the lives of America’s youth. The Foundation is fully supported by proceeds from industry projects and and its annual fundraiser, “A Nite to Unite – for Kids.” For more information about the ESA Foundation, please visit www.ESAFoundation.org

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This is it Phase I Treasure Hunters, the final deadline for classroom/youth participants is this Thursday, April 19th. All Phase I participants who successfully unlock the final treasure of chapters 5, 6, or 7, will be eligible to win a $1,000 gift certificate to purchase supplies! This week we’ll look at one final clue from Chapter 7, Tennis:

25. Considered by many as the leading promoter of professional tennis tours, he served with the United States Coast Guard during World War II. Count the number of letters in his first and last name and subtract 8. Place your answer in 9-E

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Alright, I’ll admit that if you’re not very familiar with tennis (like myself), this clue doesn’t offer a whole lot of direction. Let’s look at some additional hints to guide you to the correct answer:

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** In 1947, more than 15,000 spectators packed Madison Square Garden during a blizzard to watch his debut match as a Pro

** In the 1950’s, he toured the globe with a team of players and a portable tennis court to encourage international play

** His line of autographed Wilson rackets helped Wilson Sporting Goods Company become one of the sport’s leading equipment suppliers for amateurs and pros alike

** He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1968

After you find your answer and do a little bit of math, enter your numeric answer into 9E. After you’ve answered all the clues to Chapter 7, you will still need to solve that challenging Sudoku. If you just can’t make it work, please ask for help…just one wrong answer will throw off the entire puzzle!

If your students are still struggling with any of the clues in TH7, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment on the blog or contact me directly (sherrykoch@thanksusa.org) for some additional help. Also, please remind students that they can register individually and play TH7 as a Phase II participant. The Phase II deadline for individuals is August 15th, so students have most of the summer to play along at home. Best of Luck!!

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Welcome back Treasure Hunters! The first four winners of TH7 have been contacted and we’ll be updating the Winner’s Page soon. Congratulations to our Chapter 1 winners, the first and fourth graders of Wisestar School! They will be receiving a $1,000 Walmart gift card to stock up on supplies for their school. With only a few more weeks until the final Phase I deadline, let’s jump right in and look at a clue from Chapter 6, Peru:

7. A ferroequinologist’s dream can be found in the Peruvian Andes! Built to service lead and zinc mines, the highest standard-gauge railway reaches the Anticona mountain pass from the west via the Galera Tunnel and emerges here: TAINT STOIC OIL

As we near the end of Treasure Hunt 7, the chapters and clues are getting trickier! To help us solve the clues, we are provided with a little help…those odd word combinations at the end of each clue actually contain all the letters you need for your answer. Let’s look at this clue in sections, getting additional hints to unscramble TAINT STOIC OIL and find the answer:

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** A ferroequinologist is a train enthusiast and a standard-gauge rail line is 4 feet, 8 ½ inches wide

** It took forty years for a multinational workforce to complete the railway which includes 61 bridges and 65 tunnels

** Our answer is located a headache-inducing 15,600 feet above sea level and is the last stop on the Pacific side of the railway

** If you plan to visit this locale via train, book your trip early…there are only about a dozen passenger runs per year

I hope you found this clue as fascinating as I did! While I was conducting my own research, I came across a great website, http://www.incasdelperu.org, that I thought was a wonderful source for this clue in particular. When you solve this clue and enter your answer, the numbered letters will automatically transfer into the “Anagram Quote” on the left.

All Phase I participants (classrooms and youth groups) have until April 19th to unlock the treasures of Chapters 5, 6, and/or 7 to be eligible for the final Phase I prizes. Please remind students that they can also register and play on their own (with parent/guardian permission) and be eligible for the Phase II (individual) prize drawing in September. Good Luck!

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Another deadline passed and we have two more winners! I know everyone is anxious to hear who won, but there are some formalities involved. I assure you that the winners will be announced once they are confirmed. Phase I participants (schools and youth groups) have one more month to complete any or all of the final three chapters of TH7 and be eligible to win a $1,000 gift certificate for school supplies.

As you work your way through TH7, you’ll notice that the clues are getting a bit tougher. No worries – I’m here to help. If you ever get really stuck, just leave a comment or email me (sherrykoch@thanksusa.org) and I’ll send you additional clues or direct you to a great research resource. This week, let’s focus on Chapter 5 Australia:

8.  In 1975 a Labor Party government instituted national health insurance in Australia.  Ten years earlier, in the United States, a Democratic Congress and installed health insurance for those 65 and older.  Though the Australian program covers all adults, both efforts adopted the same one-word name:

This chapter is all about finding the similarities between the two nations. Read each clue carefully because many hints are worked into the actual clues. Here are some additional facts to help you solve this one:

** Current U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney became eligible for the program on March 12, but declined to enroll at this time

** The Australian program had a slightly different name before adopting the moniker in 1984 during the Hawke Government

** The plans of both countries have their share of advocates and critics who wish to reform the programs to better serve their residents

** Although a Commonwealth of Australia, Norfolk Island is, for the most part, a self-governing territory that does not participate in this program

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Need some additional inspiration to finish Chapter 5? Gaze into the eyes of this cute joey…he has absolutely nothing to do with this clue, but he is from Australia and he’s too cute to ignore!

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Again, Phase I participants have four weeks left to finish up the final chapters of TH7. If there is a particular clue from any chapter that you would like to see addressed here, please leave a comment. Keep in mind that all Phase I participants are encouraged to register as Phase II (individual) participants and play on their own. Individual participants have until August 15 to complete TH7 and be eligible for prizes. Good Hunting!

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Congratulations to our first Phase I winners, Wise Star Elementary and Bishop Woods Elementary…we hope to bring you photos and updates soon! In the meantime, we have another deadline approaching. Phase I participants (school/youth groups) have until midnight on Thursday, March 15, to unlock the treasures of Chapter 3 & Chapter 4 and be eligible to win a $1,000 gift certificate to purchase supplies. This week, we’ll focus on one more clue from Chapter 4 America’s First Ladies:

7.  Eleanor Roosevelt began writing a syndicated newspaper column, My Day, during her tenure as First Lady. Many Americans drew inspiration and guidance from My Day during World War II. In October of 1943, Mrs. Roosevelt used her column to urge that American women be allowed to have a greater role in our military efforts. The article was titled:

Oh, how times have changed…thanks to progressive-thinking women like Eleanor Roosevelt. Although we have provided the month and year that her article was written, finding one particular article won’t be so easy. Mrs. Roosevelt wrote the column six days a week!

This is one of those clues that can suck you into the research black-hole. You know it happens, you try to find the answer to a clue and discover a trove of interesting information that keeps you engaged for far too long…welcome to Eleanor Roosevelt’s My Day. The George Washington University has created a wonderful website dedicated to the My Day articles that is comprehensive and easy to use (click here). When you take a break from reading those, come back and check out some additional hints to solving this week’s featured clue:

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** She was inspired to write the article after watching a film about the British Women’s Military Auxiliary Services

** Mrs. Roosevelt said, “If I were young enough, I would rather be a nurse in the Army or Navy, for they are allowed to share more nearly the men’s existence.”

** Dozens of the My Day articles were focused on women taking a greater role in society

After you’ve entered your answers in the crossword puzzle, don’t forget to click the “Treasure” tab above the clues. You’ll need to unscramble the transferred letters and solve one final clue to unlock the chapter’s treasure. Thursday is the next deadline so if you need some help, please leave a comment or send me an email (sherrykoch@thanksusa.org) so I can help your classroom or youth group qualify for prizes. Good Luck!

 

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Our first two Phase I winners have been confirmed and the next deadline is approaching quickly! The deadline for Chapters 3 and 4 for school and youth group participants is Thursday, March 15th. Remember, even if you are playing as a group, students can register (with parental permission) as Phase II individual participants. Since the next deadline is less than two weeks away, let’s look at a clue from Chapter 4, America’s First Ladies:

9. Not only did she help her husband run a front-porch campaign, but this soon-to-be First Lady was the first to have the constitutional right to vote for her husband in a Presidential election. Her historic vote was cast in Marion, Ohio.

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Election years provide so many teaching opportunities and so does the ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt! It may be hard to believe, but women’s suffrage is still a global issue. Just last September King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia granted women the right to vote in the next election cycle (2015). Here are a few more facts to help you solve this TH7 clue:

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* American women won the right to vote in 1920

* Prior to becoming First Lady, she studied classical piano for years and had dreamt of being an internationally recognized concert pianist

* Staying true to the “front-porch campaign,” she opened the gates to the White House as a symbol of neighborliness

* When sugar prices became too high for most American households, she led a national boycott

Once you’ve found the answer, type it into the crossword puzzle to the left. When you click the “Treasure” tab above the clues, you will notice that letters have automatically transferred from your crossword. When the entire crossword is solved, you will unscramble the letters for clues to the chapter’s final treasure. As we advance further through the Treasure hunt, unlocking those final treasures become more challenging. If you ever need additional direction, please leave a comment or send me a direct email at sherrykoch@thanksusa.org so I can help you complete the hunt. We want to challenge participants, but we also want you to have fun and be eligible for prizes!

 

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Welcome back Treasure Hunters! Just a reminder that we are currently in Phase I of TH7 which means that school and youth group participants are eligible for prizes. If you are the adult teacher or leader who registered the group, please make certain that all of the contact information is updated in your Treasure Hunt account profile – we need to be able to reach you if you win!!

Speaking of winning, the next Phase I deadline is March 15, 2012. Your school or youth group could win a $1000 gift certificate just for unlocking the treasure of Chapter 3, New Zealand, or Chapter 4, First Ladies. Let’s take a look at a clue from Chapter 3, New Zealand:

19. This “kiwi” grew up with many hardships, but looked upon them as a gift. With his inquiring mind, he captured the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. What is his last name?

So we’re looking for a New Zealand native, male, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The spaces provided under the clue indicate that his last name contains ten letters. You’ll soon discover that there are two “kiwis” who have not only won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, but whose last names contain ten letters. You’ll have to take a closer look at the clue and learn a little more about each man to determine which one is the answer. Here are a few additional hints to help you along:

image from the Office of Science and Technology

** His complex study, research, and experimentation focus was introducing metallic conductivity to organic polymers (flexible plastic that can conduct electricity)

** He joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1955 and was serving UPenn as Blanchard Professor of Chemistry when he passed in 2007

** He received his Nobel Prize in 2000 along with fellow chemists, Heeger and Shirakawa

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Once you have determined which scientific mind we are honoring, remember to locate your answer in the wordsearch to the left. I do hope that if you are a teacher or youth group leader that you will take the time to help your students learn about the subject matter in TH7…after all, you may be mentoring the next Nobel Prize winner!

Thank you to all who have been participating in TH7 and remember to tell your friends and family to play. We have some exciting bonuses in the works (more to come). Make sure to stay up to date by following us on Twitter and joining our Facebook page. Good Hunting!

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