$50 Gift Card and The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School #giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

5 Minutes for Books managing editor Jennifer Donovan received a copy of this book to facilitate her review, and we were compensated for this campaign, but as always, our writer’s opinions are her own.

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I jumped on the opportunity to review this book when I had the chance, because it seemed like exactly the sort of book that my 4th grade son enjoys — funny, kind of science-y, but with a realistic school setting. He hasn’t had a chance to read it yet, but after seeing me reading it, he said that he definitely wants to.

Wilmer Dooley is in 6th grade. The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School kicks off with an entry in his brand new journal, day 2 (as an interesting twist, the journal ends with day 1, once all the secrets have been revealed).

Wilmer has two goals for 6th grade. One is to win the heart of Roxie McGhee (Parental observation: Why must all books, books that 9 – 12 year olds are reading, feature these romances and crushes?? It was a cute plot element that might make the book more interesting to girls, and it wasn’t too over-the-top at all.). His second pursuit is to win the Sixth Grade Science Medal.

Wilmer is working on a history paper about plagues of the middle ages, when the kids at the middle school start to experience their own symptoms, and it’s spreading rapidly. Soon all the kids in the school, except Wilmer and his nemesis Claudius, are infected. They are congested, coughing and sneezing, and changing colors. That’s right, Roxie is pink, and it’s spreading from head to toe. Wilmer’s little brother Sherman is all sorts of colors, changing all the time. The school becomes rainbow hued as the children all change colors.

Wilmer decides that to win the medal, he is going to keep investigating what causes an epidemic to spread so that he can figure out what exactly is going on at his school, and then find a cure!

The story moves along with a journal entry at the beginning of each chapter and then events at the school and at the Dooley household. His dad is a scientist too, and his mom is always whipping up wacky menu items. The story is funny and full of realistic school details that appeal to kids. It unfolds nicely as Wilmer is figuring things out through trial and error.

I figured the cause out right away. I don’t know if the author Fowler DeWitt wanted his grade school readers to figure it out before Wilmer, or if I’m just a lot smarter than the intended audience, but regardless, it didn’t spoil the fun of reading.

This fun tongue-in-cheek video trailer made me smile:

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One of you (U.S. only) will win a $50 Visa card for back to school shopping and a copy of The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 mrsshukra September 2, 2013 at 12:38 am

I will give it to the teen who can use it for school supplies and books!

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2 Terra Heck September 2, 2013 at 3:04 am

I’d use it to purchase socks and athletic shorts for my son. I’d also purchase a scientific calculator. Thanks.

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3 Marti Parks September 2, 2013 at 5:08 am

I will buy socks, underwear and a few other supplies.

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4 Wild Orchid September 2, 2013 at 6:41 am

I would buy my son some new jeans and sweaters!
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Thanks for the chance to win!
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5 Selene M. September 2, 2013 at 8:00 am

I will buy extra fine blue Sharpies and envelopes.

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6 Lisa Brown September 2, 2013 at 8:07 am

i would buy new jeans

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7 Katherine September 2, 2013 at 8:08 am

My son needs new basketball shoes

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8 robyn paris September 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

i will use it to buy a backpack

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9 Mami2jcn September 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

I will buy socks and underwear.

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10 Kelly D September 2, 2013 at 9:46 am

I would buy a pair of dressy shoes for my daughter and a few supplies for her class, like hand sanitizer.

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11 Sadie B. September 2, 2013 at 10:02 am

I would use it on new kids shoes.

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12 Patricia Wojnar Crowley September 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

I’ll put it towards a winter coat for my nephew!

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13 Sandy September 2, 2013 at 10:13 am

More school needs like socks, etc…
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14 vickie couturier September 2, 2013 at 10:20 am

get some school jeans for the grandsons,they need them

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15 Anne September 2, 2013 at 11:01 am

Jeans and shirts for my grandchildren.

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16 Beth - TheAngelForever September 2, 2013 at 11:41 am

I will use the back to school bucks to get the boys more jeans. Amazing to see how much the kids grew over the summer.
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17 Jessica T September 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Get my daughter some new shoes

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18 Wehaf September 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I would buy a bunch of books I’ve wanted for a while.

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19 amyc September 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm

My daughter is in desperate need of clothes. That’s what I would buy.

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20 rea September 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I would use it to buy clothes for my son.

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21 Kelly Brown September 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I would give it to my son to read and spend the money on school supplies-that is a never ending cost!

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22 Jessica To September 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I would get my son a new lunchbox and backpack.

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23 DEBIJOT September 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I would use it for the endless school supply list.

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24 Noreen September 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm

School backpacks, we didn’t replace them this year

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25 Kathy Stevenson September 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I would buy clothes for my daughter.

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26 Anne Lehnick September 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I’ll put it towards buying daily school snacks and some jeans when it gets cooler.

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27 Elena September 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I would buy a new backpack

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28 Kristin September 2, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Probably to get those last-minute things that I always seem to forget…highlighters, calculator, maybe some White Out, more filler paper, it adds up!
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29 LaVonne
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I will buy homeschool supplies for my Kindergartener.
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30 Tristen s September 3, 2013 at 12:42 am

I would use it for our teacher wish lists.

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31 Mozi Esmes mom September 3, 2013 at 2:03 am

I’d let my daughter choose!
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32 Janet W. September 3, 2013 at 5:01 am

I’d use it to buy fall clothing for my grandsons.

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33 Crissy D. September 3, 2013 at 6:55 am

I would buy my son a new bookbag

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34 Sheila K. September 3, 2013 at 7:15 am

New clothes for my niece!

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35 Erin McAllister-Pyle September 3, 2013 at 7:38 am

I would use it to buy my son more clothes!

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36 Erin McAllister-Pyle September 3, 2013 at 7:40 am

I would buy my son more new clothes!

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37 Erin McAllister-Pyle September 3, 2013 at 7:44 am

oops! Please delete this dup comment? Thanks!

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38 Mia Dentice Carey
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September 3, 2013 at 8:22 am

Buy my son new shoes….this last pair barely made the 1st 3 weeks of school =(

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39 Mia Dentice Carey
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September 3, 2013 at 8:23 am

Buy my son new shoes….
this last pair barely made the 1st 3 weeks of school =(

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40 Mia Dentice Carey
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September 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

Buy my son new shoes….
this last pair barely made the 1st 3 weeks of school =(

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41 Brittany September 3, 2013 at 8:46 am

To purchase more school supplies and a winter coat for my daughter.

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42 shelly September 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

I’ll use it for jeans & shirts for my teenager

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43 Megan M September 3, 2013 at 10:12 am

I’ll use it for socks. It seems that no matter how many pairs I stock for the beginning of the year, we need more by the time only a couple of months have gone by!

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44 Heather September 3, 2013 at 10:13 am

I’d use the gift card for underwear and undershirts!

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45 shelly neuhouser September 3, 2013 at 10:34 am

Would use the gift card for school clothes

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46 Sonya Morris September 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

I would use it for more clothes for my girls.

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47 Diana C September 3, 2013 at 11:32 am

Back to school clothes.

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48 shelly neuhouser September 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

I would use it for school clothes

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49 Teresa September 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I would use it to get snow boots and snow pants for my Kindergartener!
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50 Merry September 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I would buy my son a new winter jacket

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51 Thomas Murphy September 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I would buy my kids some clothes if I won.

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52 Cynthia R September 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm

i would use back to school bucks towards a winter jacket, that’s one thing left on list need to get.

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53 Amanda Sakovitz September 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

id buy new clothes

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54 latanya September 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm

buy clothes and some ink

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55 Jen V September 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I would use it for a new winter coat for my middle daughter. She is outgrowing hers.
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56 Jeanna September 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I will buy my son some more khaki shorts for his uniforms!

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57 K.Pugh September 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I’d buy a few things for the kids.
Thanks for the chance.

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58 Jessica B. September 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I’d buy my sons new shoes.

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59 AaronZenz September 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Thanks for the chance to win! Books, books, books…

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60 Katie Curry September 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm

I would use it to buy groceries for healthy lunch choices during the week!

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61 Martha C. September 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I need this book. Sounds like a perfect read aloud for my fourth grade class (can’t believe Kyle is in fourth grade!) especially with my crazy scienceness. I would use the gift card to buy more books!!!!!

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62 Martha C. September 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I need the book to share with my class and the gift card would be to buy more books of course!!!

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63 Martha C. September 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

I would of course buy more books! I need this one to read aloud to my class!

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64 Tammy S September 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I am sure we would use it for books. We can never have to many books.

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65 Shirley September 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I’d use it for new shoes

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66 Daniel M September 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm

would use for books

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67 Ellen B September 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

new sneakers are needed right now

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68 Cindy B September 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm

We need to buy some football cleats!

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69 Angel S. September 4, 2013 at 2:30 am

Socks and underwear! Man those can add up!

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70 Angel S. September 4, 2013 at 2:31 am

Socks and underwear! Man those can add up! Thanks for helping out!

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71 Kerrie Mayans September 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

I would get new polo shirts for my son since he loves wearing them

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72 emily l September 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I will use them to buy my son some new undies and jammies to replace those he’s outgrown!

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73 Louann Brown September 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Mystery and humor, sounds like a 6th grader to me! My grandchildren would love this book.

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74 HappyMomC September 4, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I will buy products with box tops for education and then submit it to give money to the school!

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75 Jennifer Hayden September 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

New shoes for the boys!

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76 Karla S September 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

For back to school clothes!

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77 T.h.Ransom September 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I would use it to get my daughter some new shoes for school

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78 Shari September 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm

My son’s class has a wish list of things for parents to bring for use during the year. I’d be able to get a few more things off the list. :)

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79 Jenny Ham September 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I will use it for unexpected expenses

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80 Alison Shoepe September 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I’d buy more yarn :-)

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81 riTa September 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I’d use it for my grandson’s upcoming birthday.
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82 Patricia September 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Books and art supplies.

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83 deanna September 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I need to buy shoes!
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84 kasia September 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

would buy something cool for my little one

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85 christine jessamine September 6, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I would buy a few more outfits

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86 Tabathia B September 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I would use for more school uniform for my daughter

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87 Liz September 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Send to my niece for her children.

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88 Kymberly Pray September 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Amazing how quickly the cost of basic school supplies adds up. They are needed and necessary every year, so it seems I am always running out to get more paper, pencils and the like. The Visa card would go a long way towards stocking us up.
Thank you for the opportunity to win.
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89 Rochel S. September 7, 2013 at 10:41 pm

My son needs new shoes!

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90 Steph September 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

My kids could use some more crayons and some new t-shirts.

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91 Madeline September 8, 2013 at 10:23 am

I’ll buy some clothes for my daughter!

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92 Julie Smith September 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

I actually laughed out loud at this trailer! So cool! I would likely use the gift card to get some new khakis for my son; he went through a growth spurt and most of his pants from last school year are now WAY too short!
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93 Charlene S September 9, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I would get some new school clothes.

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94 Liz September 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm

The kids need pants, so that’s where this would go!

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95 Nannypanpan September 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I’d get new sneakers

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96 Kelly D September 10, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I would buy tissues and hand sanitizer for the school year.

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97 D SCHMIDT September 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I would use them to purchase some new shoes for my son

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98 Angela M. September 12, 2013 at 6:08 am

I would use it to buy some new clothes, socks, and shoes for my daughter!

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99 Karen Lynch September 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

I would use it to get some fall clothes for my daughter.

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100 Linda Meyers-Gabbard September 12, 2013 at 10:39 am

Food for lunches.

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101 Teresa Thompson September 12, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Fall clothes and shoes for my granddaughter.

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102 April Yedinak September 12, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I would get shoes for my son.

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103 Ellie W September 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I would use it for foods to pack in my boys’ lunches.

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104 Crissie September 13, 2013 at 7:14 am

DEF. ON SCHOOL CLOTHES! THEY GROW SO FAST. THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY

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105 Pam H. September 13, 2013 at 7:24 am

I woukd use it for new shoes. Two weeks into the school year, and already he has a hole in his shoes.

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106 debbie September 13, 2013 at 7:41 am

I’d give it to my daughter who just got her first teaching job! She could sure use that money in her classroom.

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107 mary j September 13, 2013 at 9:04 am

New workout shoes.

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108 John Joseph September 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

Will put it toward paper and supplies

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109 kathy dalton September 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

i would get more back to school clothes for my grandson

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110 Adrianne B September 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

I would use the Back to School bucks to add to our homeschool curriculum.

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111 Holly Storm-Burge September 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

My daughter needs some cute coordinating cardigans now that it’s starting to get chilly here, so I would take her shopping. Thanks!

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112 Elizabeth September 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway! I will use this for office/writing supplies. I never seem to have enough.

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113 lisa kay September 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

I would pick up a few things for My Grandson for school.

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114 Becky September 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

I would use it to buy textbooks.

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115 Ben Ellington September 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Clothes and shoes.

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116 Darlene Owen September 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I would buy my granddaughter a new outfit as this is her first year of school

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117 Nancy September 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I might use it for items for great back to school lunches.

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118 Laura September 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

So many things to use it on, I think restocking on the art supplies is a good idea, that goes so very fast!

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119 Glenna F September 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I would buy some more clothes for my growing daughter.

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120 Heather G September 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I will use it to help buy clothes for my daughter.

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121 Helen September 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I would use it for new school clothes

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122 AndreaH September 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I will use it for school clothes or shoes.

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123 Janet F September 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I would use it to buy a pair of shoes for school.

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124 wendy b September 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I will spend it on pens, paper and scotch tape for my school supplies cache.

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125 cw September 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm

daughter needs some shoes

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126 Miz Vickik September 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm

On new shoes!

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127 samantha w September 13, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Would buy some fall time clothes for my kids

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128 Melanie Johnson September 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

My son needs some new shirts.
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129 Crystal Rose September 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I would put it towards winter boots.
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130 Teresa Moore September 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I would use it to buy more daughter some more clothes.

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131 Hailie Jordan September 13, 2013 at 11:54 pm

I would purchase some books and some new pens (:

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132 heather September 14, 2013 at 12:00 am

i would use towards school shoes

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133 heather September 14, 2013 at 12:01 am
134 shirley September 14, 2013 at 12:12 am

I would get some school books.

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135 Michelle Tucker September 14, 2013 at 5:24 am

I’d use it to get a couple items, such as padded envelope mailers and other office items.

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