October 12, 2017 in Community

Your School Can Do Good!

The call for entries is now open for GMC’s annual Can Do Good Competition for kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Daphne Elem Can Do Good webThe purpose of Can Do Good is twofold: 1) to teach students more about the architecture, engineering and construction industry through hands-on learning, and 2) to emphasize the importance of giving back to the community. Students organize canned food drives and design and build structures using the collected items, which are then donated to local food banks or charitable organizations.

With the record-breaking storms that have battered the U.S. and surrounding areas this year, supporting these organizations is of utmost importance, as they are especially vital when it comes to disaster response and recovery. As a result, a few changes have been made this year to further realize the purpose of Can Do Good and hopefully, do more good:

The top fundraising team from each age division will automatically advance to the finals. The remaining two spots will be filled by the teams with the most votes, or “likes,” on their photos in the Facebook voting portion of the competition.

“Community Impact” has been added to the final judging criteria. Judges will award points in this category based on the number of cans/items collected, creative fundraising ideas and other service-related aspects.

Entries for the 2017-18 Can Do Good Competition are due on Dec. 7, 2017. Teams must submit at least three photos of their Can Do Good structure and a completed entry form to candogood@gmcnetwork.com. One photo of each entry will then posted to the Can Do Good Facebook Page for the online voting round of the contest beginning Dec. 14, 2017 through Jan. 12, 2018. The two teams from each division with the most votes (i.e. “Likes”) on their photo will advance, joining the top fundraising teams in the finals.

Johns Creek Skee Ball Can Do Good web

Finalists’ entries will be reviewed by a panel of GMC’s architecture and engineering experts. Judges will score each finalist in the following six categories: theme, aesthetics, structure, difficulty, creativity and community impact, a new category this year.

The team from each division with the highest score will be awarded a check for $1,000 and the title of Best Can Do Good Structure in the Southeast. GMC will also match the donations of each winning team.

For more information and to download the 2017-18 Can Do Good Information Packet, visit www.gmcnetwork.com/designbuildeat.

About Can Do Good
Can Do Good is a design-build competition steered by Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood to teach students about the architecture, engineering and construction industry through hands-on learning and to emphasize the importance of giving back to the community. The competition is open to kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Students organize canned food drives and design and build creative structures using the collected items, which are then donated to local food banks or charitable organizations. GMC will match the winning teams’ donations, in addition to awarding them a check for $1,000 for their school and the title of Best Can Do Good Structure in the Southeast! www.gmcnetwork.com/designbuildeat