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Local Non-Profit launches National contest to promote problem solving, innovation, and creativity by asking students to build candy delivery solutions for a COVID-19 friendly Halloween

As the country prepares for a very different Halloween this year due to COVID-19, the Build a Dream team has announced a National contest open to students grades 9-12, that promotes problem solving, innovation, and creativity to find solutions to deliver halloween candy this year, in a safe and socially distanced manner.

Build a Dream is challenging students and industry leaders to support our future innovators, to find creative solutions to deliver candy to young trick or treaters this Halloween. This is a great opportunity for youth to put their creativity and innovation skills to use, and utilizing their knowledge to deliver candy safely to young children in their communities.

“We know that young children look forward to Halloween every year, and we do not want children and their parents to feel nervous about trick or treating this year. That is why we are challenging our young, future innovators to help solve the problem of delivering candy to greeters in a safe and healthy way. Our young dreamers are so creative and intelligent, and this is their chance to show us, and the communities that they can problem solve, and help their communities feel safe.” – Nour Hachem-Fawaz, Build a Dream, Founder and President

To participate, students can showcase their inventions on Instagram using the #dreamtobuild, and tagging @build_adream. Winners will be chosen on November 2nd, and win a grand prize, thanks in part to our corporate sponsors Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing, We-Tech, Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation, University of Windsor Recruitment, University of Windsor Alumni, and Laval.

Build a Dream is looking for industry partners in engineering, construction, chemistry and more to help the non- profit encourage, and inspire young students to #dreamtobuild.

Hachem-Fawaz continues, “we have already had tremendous support from our industry partners, including Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing who are planning to deliver candy via a remote control car. Our industry leaders are putting their skills, and resources to use to show our dreamers what can be accomplished, while also bringing some fun and creativity to what is now an everyday reality for us, in keeping our social distance.”

While Build a Dream is empowering young future leaders to #dreamtobuild, Build a Dream will be encouraging middle school children to choose their Halloween costumes with their dreams in mind, as they #dreamtobe this Halloween. Build a Dream will be filling 4000 Build a Dream branded bags full of Halloween candy and Build a Dream merchandise to local students, focusing on low-economic demographics, to give them a Halloween that they will remember. Middle school students will be able to share their #dreamtobe costumes on social media, using the hashtag #dreamtobe and tag @build_adream on Instagram or @webuildadream on Facebook for a chance to win a Build a Dream merch pack.

Hachem-Fawaz continues, “although this year has been a difficult one to navigate for many, we hope that this campaign will bring some joy to students, parents and our partners as they come together to be creative and innovative.”

Build a Dream is inviting industry and community partners to participate by making a donation to the campaign to go towards the grand prize for one high school student, or companies & business can participate, and show how they are safely delivering candy to children this October 31st. If you are interested in participating in this campaign, you can contact Build a Dream for more information about how you can get involved.

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