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Get 2 KNOW(2) video contest offers chance to win prizes

Ledger Staff Writer

The sky is the limit for creativity in a new video contest announced to promote the county’s KNOW(2) education initiative.

Individuals and groups are invited to participate in the Get

2 KNOW(2) video contest.

Simply explain what

KNOW(2) is in a 10- to 90- second video and submit it to the education organization’s website — know2cherokee.com — by March 31.

Cherokee, Charleston and Marlboro counties were chosen to become pilot sites for a Know2 education initiative developed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The goals are to promote the importance of higher education so people have the knowledge and skills required for future jobs.

Now local residents can win prizes for their knowledge about KNOW(2) by tapping into their creativity to create a winning video entry.

The first-place video winner will receive a 42- inch flat-screen television. The second-place winner receives a $150 Visa card while the third-place prize is a $100 Walmart gift card.

“You can dress up as a character, use puppets, sing a song, or dance,” said Jonna Turner, who is coordinating the video contest. “Be creative and have fun, and help spread the word about KNOW(2). Our aim is to continue to build excitement and momentum about KNOW(2) and help people learn more about it in the community. Share your video with your friends and family through the month of April. The video with the most votes will win.”

Don’t worry if you don’t have a camera or know how to do a video.

Local filmmaker Abe Duenas will lead a free video workshop March 8 at the CAVA arts gallery in the Gaffney Visitors Center. He will provide assistance in how to use smart phones, video cameras and other equipment to create short videos for the KNOW(2) contest.

“The purpose of the video workshop is to help anyone who doesn’t have any idea on how to do it,” Duenas said. “All you need to bring is your ideas along with any video camera or phone that can be used to record video. There is limited space for the workshop so you need to sign up as soon as possible.”

Voting in the video contest will run from April 7- 21. The winning entries will be announced April 26 during Campo Giorno in the Gaffney High football stadium.

Campo Giorno is an academic and athletic contest started last year by KNOW(2) to promote student achievement through a field day competition involving all county elementary schools.

“We hope we will be able to show the winning video on the jumbotron during Campo Giorno,” Turner said. “Winners will be decided by a popular vote, so be sure to tell everyone you know to vote for your video.”

Instructions and sample video can be found at: know2cherokee.com.

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