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All of our Phase I (classroom/youth participant) winners have been notified and the last of the prizes are on their way. Our sincerest thanks to all teachers, youth administrators, students, and youth participants who worked so diligently on Treasure Hunt 7. Although Phase I has come to an end, the fun is not over…All Phase II (individual) participants have until August 15th to complete the TH7 chapters and be eligible for Phase II prizes. Remember, even if your child participated in Phase I, they can register as a Phase II participant (with parent permission) and play as an individual. The “Winners Page” will be updated soon! Until then, take a look at these photos of Bishop Woods Elementary students using their $1,000 Barnes&Noble gift card to sock their library:

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Welcome back ThanksUSA Treasure Hunters! We are currently in the final weeks of TH6 Phase I. All schools and youth groups who submit correct answers for chapters 5, 6, and/or 7 by May 20th will be eligible to win a $1000 gift certificate to purchase supplies. Our Chapter Four winners, Arnall Academy, are excited about their recent win:

Philip (back), Fender (pup), Ethan, Darcy, & Lydia Arnall

“We nearly missed the deadline for completing what turned out to be the winning chapter for us. But boy, are we glad we made it! Our home-school enjoys participating in such a fun and stimulating activity that supports military families. Lydia and the children called me at work immediately after receiving your phone call letting us know we won. The only downside was that with all the excitement, very little schoolwork got done that morning.” – Philip Arnall

Well, I know that Arnall Academy will catch up on all their studies with the addition of $1000 in school supplies! If you are playing as an individual, you have until August 15th to submit your answers and qualify to win individual prizes. All individuals who submit correct answers for every chapter will be eligible for the Grand Prize – a real treasure valued at $10,000! Visit our Facebook page for photos from our TH5 Grand Prize winner, James Norton.

To help you qualify for the TH6 prizes, we’ll look at one of the toughest questions from Chapter 5, National Parks:

12. What is the name of the largest island in the largest lake on the largest island on the largest (surface area) fresh-water lake in the world?

This clue can make your head spin if you think about it too much! The trick to solving this clue is to work backwards (and maybe draw a picture as you think through it). First, start by identifying the world’s largest (surface area) fresh-water lake. The largest island on this lake is actually a National Park. There are several lakes located on this island – find the largest one.  This lake contains an island (an island on a lake which is on an island that is on a lake).

Remember, if you ever get really stuck on a clue, I’m here to help. You can always leave a comment on this blog or email me directly at sherrykoch@thanksusa.org.  Best of Luck!

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Welcome back Treasure Hunters! I know that for many sports fans, this weekend is one of the most important of the year. Well, sports fans, it just so happens that TH6 contains a Super Bowl related question. Let’s take a look at the football query from Chapter 2, West Virginia:

1. This Super Bowl-winning quarterback was inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame the same year that he retired from the NFL.

Not being a football fan, this one took me a bit more research. I offer the following additional clues to narrow your search and help you discover the answer:

* He was actually inducted into the West Virginia University (WVU) Sports Hall of Fame

* This player began his college football career at Penn State and then transferred to West Virginia University where he led the Mountaineers in 1982 and 1983

* He was a third round NFL draft pick in 1984 and won two Super Bowls with his first team

* If you still need assistance, check out the history of Super Bowl XXV

Please keep in mind that the first Phase I deadline is February 17th, 2011.  All schools and youth groups that submit correct answers for either of the first two chapters will be eligible to win a $1000 gift card to purchase supplies.  There is still plenty of time to register your school, classroom, or youth group and complete the first two chapters.  I’m here to assist anyone – individual or group – who may need an extra hint or a little direction to complete the hunt (sherrykoch@thanksusa.org).  Good luck and I hope everyone enjoys this Super Bowl weekend! (By the way, there are also 3 NHL games and 4 NBA games prior to Super Bowl kickoff – enjoy!)

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Welcome back Treasure Hunters! We’re only about a month away from our first Phase I prize drawing. All schools and youth groups who submit correct answers for either chapter 1 or chapter 2 (or both) will be eligible to win a $1000 gift certificate! This week, we’ll take a look at a question from Chapter 2, West Virginia:

3. The highest point in the state lies within this stretch of over 900,000 acres of federally-owned land.

View from the highest point you seek (photo from wikipedia)

This is a two-step clue. First, we’ll need to determine the highest point in West Virginia. The U.S. Geological Survey has a wonderful website www.usgs.gov that I highly recommend. This website is a valuable resource for any student or classroom studying geology. Once you’re on the USGS website, you will see a US map on the right and a link that says “Science In Your Backyard.” From here you can get a quick recap of state facts including the state capital, land area, population, counties, highest & lowest points, and even the geographic center.

Once you’ve determined the highest point in West Virginia, you’ll need to name the federally-owned land that this high point is located on.  For this, I recommend another wonderful government resource, the U.S. Department of Agriculture at www.usda.gov. This website is a bit busier and younger students may feel a bit lost while exploring, so let me offer some direction: on the USDA home page you will see a column on the left with a Search header. Type the name of the West Virginia highest point in this search block and click go…you should find your answer right away.

I hope you’re inspired to explore the USGS and USDA sites. What fun facts can you find about your state? Have fun exploring and good luck with TH6!

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Welcome back ThanksUSA treasure hunters! I certainly hope everyone is keeping warm and getting into the holiday spirit. Quick question: how many of you have plans to travel or spend time with family and friends over the next few weeks? What a great time to introduce others to the ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt! Trying to solve the TH6 clues during a family game night is a wonderful way to bond. Throw out a clue and see who can answer it first. Break into teams and challenge each other. Try to discover answers using resources other than the internet – like the encyclopedia that’s been in the attic since the 80’s. I bet you’ll be surprised by how many clues you can answer without research. No matter how you play, you’ll be having a great time while learning some great American history facts.

To continue with our focus on the Chapter 1 Folk Heroes, we’ll take a closer look at a larger than life train conductor:

6. It is said that this train conductor was a loving and good-natured man with a heart the size of his body as well as somewhat musical on the train whistle. When he volunteered to take a train to Canton, Ohio, for an ill friend, he crashed into an oncoming train, but first saved the life of his co-worker Sim Webb. Story has it that, upon his death, he had his hand on the whistle to alert others.

Wether or not you’re a train enthusiast, you’ve got to appreciate this story! Some interesting facts that will help you with this clue:

** Engine #382 was rebuilt after the wreck and wasn’t retired until 1935 – after thirty seven years of service and six accidents

** The clue mentions that his heart was the size of his body…impressive indeed considering he was 6 feet 4 1/2 inches tall

** This man is memorialized in many train museums and a few are named for him including those in Jackson, TN and Vaughan, MS

** The first song about this man was sung by his dear friend, Wallace Saunders, just days after his death

The entire ThanksUSA team hopes that you are enjoying TH6 and we wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!

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Congratulations to the latest Summer Snap-Shot winner, Karen “Peaches” Monroe!

Karen "Peaches" Monroe

For successfully answering the week #4 question, Peaches has won a custom engraved iPod Nano from ThanksUSA! When I notified Peaches about her winning entry, her first response was a jovial, “It’s about time!”  Indeed, she has been participating in ThanksUSA Treasure Hunts since the beginning and loves the educational value of each hunt.  This lovely lady hails from Missouri (which happens to be the first chapter of TH5!) and works as a sign language interpreter and advocate for the deaf and hearing impaired.  Peaches was actually celebrating her birthday when I notified her that she had won, making it an extra special day! Thanks for playing, Karen, Happy Birthday and congratulations again!

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As we approach the midway point in our summer bonus game, don’t forget to tell your friends and family about ThanksUSA. New registrants can still participate in both the Summer Snap-Shot and Treasure Hunt Five. Even if you’re just joining the Summer Snap-Shot, be certain to answer all of the questions that have posted so far. If you submit the correct answers for all 12 Summer Snap-Shot questions, you will be entered into the grand prize drawing to win a Flip Video Camera!

Here are the important deadlines:
Saturday, July 17 – Summer Snap-Shot week 6 entry deadline
Saturday, July 24 – Summer Snap-Shot week 7 entry deadline
Saturday, July 31 – Summer Snap-Shot week 8 entry deadline
Saturday, August 7 – Summer Snap-Shot week 9 entry deadline
Saturday, August 14 – Summer Snap-Shot week 10 entry deadline
Sunday, August 15 – Treasure Hunt Five final deadline for all chapters
Saturday, August 21 – Summer Snap-Shot week 11 entry deadline
Saturday, August 28 – Summer Snap-Shot week 12 and grand prize entry deadline

If you ever need additional hints or tips for a stubborn clue or question, please leave a comment on this blog or send me a direct email at sherrykoch@thanksusa.org.  Good Luck!

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Another week, another winner!

Summer Snap-Shot Winner, Lisa Woods

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The 3rd weekly winner of ThanksUSA’s Summer Snap-Shot is Lisa Woods of Alabama.

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Lisa and her family have been enjoying ThanksUSA Treasure Hunts for the past few years. As a mother, Lisa appreciates the educational aspect of both TH5 and the Summer Snap-Shot. However, as a puzzle enthusiast, she really enjoys the more challenging puzzles found in the later chapters of TH5. Lisa will soon be receiving her iPod Nano for successfully answering the week #3 question.  It only takes a few moments of your time to research the weekly Summer Snap-Shot question…give it a try and you may be our next weekly winner!

If you’ve been playing TH5 or the Summer Snap-Shot, please take a few minutes to review the contact information in your profile for accuracy. Specifically, make certain that your phone number and email address are current. The week #5 deadline is Saturday, July 10th.  If you haven’t visited our Facebook page yet, you’re missing some great hints, tips, and even previews of upcoming Summer Snap-Shot questions.  “Like” our page and you’ll receive the most up-to-date information.  You can even post your own comments, questions, or suggestions…we just ask that you don’t post any answers!  Good Hunting!

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