Keep your concepts warm this summer with Learnhive!

By Arindam Nag,

Summer vacation is that time of the year when extra-curricular activities are in full swing. We at Learnhive encourage all to use this time to focus on hobbies and sports that may have taken a back seat, especially over the last couple of months of academic rigour. Take that art class or music lesson or enrol in your favourite sport camp.

 

But summer is also the time when we tend to forget some of the important concepts we may have learnt in Math and Science. This is where Learnhive can help you with the basic nourishment you need to keep your Math and Science brains sharp and be ready for the new academic year.

Each week we will send you a topic each in Math and Science that you need to revise and/or get introduced to a new topic for your upcoming year. All you have to do is 3 simple steps:

Step 1: You log in to Learnhive with your account

Step 2: View the video related to the topic, and play some games that are listed

Step 3: Take some fun practice exercises on the topic you just read or watched video on.

All it will take is an hour of your time per week. And you can do it at any time, anywhere on your PC or phone or even if you’re on a vacation, as per your convenience. And best of all it costs nothing! Also, you will earn points each time you view a video or take an exercise. These points will add towards the Learnhive Summer Contest.

You will need a Learnhive account to access this program. If you do not have one, sign up here for your account. We will send you a calendar listing the various topics being covered this summer to your email address. This program is presently targeted for students moving to Grades 5 – 10 in the coming academic year.

About the Author:

Arindam Nag is a  Founder and Director at Learnhive; he has over 17 years experience in information technology. He worked for over 13 years at one of the world’s leading investment banks, Goldman Sachs in various engineering and technology leadership roles. He has a Masters in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a recipient of National Talent Search Scholarship. He is a staunch believer in using technology to bridge the gap in the educational divide that exists not just in India but the world over.

About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K-12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at any time. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).

My Dream

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Poem by Ashmita Dasgupta of Grade 7 for Think n Ink Contest

My dream is to be a girl, who is perfect,

In anything and everything and every aspect.

My dream is to become a fashion designer,

Partnership with beauty, dresses and eye liner.

My dream is to become an author too,

Writing away interesting stories, with princes and fairies and “I Love You!”

My dream is to have infinite friends,

Watching movies, having fun and shopping for trends.

My dream is to have popularity and fame,

Everyone would admire me and know my name.

My dream is to fly like a fairy,

I would fly past everyone, my head held airy.

My dream is to be someone who can be loved,

Rest is to the people to realize my worth.

My dream is to live long forever, till the end,

And ‘the end’ would come only when a message I send.

My dream is to have whatever I wish,

But it will always remain an unfulfilled wish.

All of this is just a big, an adorable dream,

Which will gradually flow away with life, like a stream…

 

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive organized Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. The above is a poem submitted by Ashmita Dasgupta of Grade 7 for Think n Ink Contest. Read and ‘Like’ it. Entries which get maximum ‘Likes’ could be the WINNER. The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates.

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The War of Chess

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Story by Aashna Patel of Grade 3 for Think n Ink Contest

In the 18th century BC there lived a very kind king, Jaivardhan and his queen Raghini. They had a son named Veer which suited his personality as he was very brave and courageous. He was 18 and was learning sword fighting and archery.

One day Jaivardhan was killed by Khasim and Ali of Pakistan. Very soon Veer became king and planned to kill Khasim and Ali and destroy the kingdom of Pakistan. Being an Indian queen, Raghini agreed and brought 8 soldiers-the Pawns, 2 white horses-the Knights, 2 priests-the Bishops and built 2 castles in the battlefield known as Rooks. Veer and Raghini wore white becoming the White Team. India attacked Pakistan at midnight.

A Pakistani soldier-the Pawn took 2 steps forward with the white soldier doing the same. Then both fought for a while till the White Knight moved and killed the Black Pawn. Soon Raghini moved and killed a Black Bishop and on and on it went. The battlefield was soon cleared leaving the kings and the queens to fight. The kings just couldn’t fight and the queens soon got tired of it. With all four laughing, the 2 kingdoms decided to join and the war was declared a draw!

This my friends, according to me was when the game of chess was invented imitating the Great War!

 

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. Encourage your children to participate. You can register for Free! The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates. Closing date for this contest is May 22nd, 2013.

Sign up for free, participate, and win prizes by clicking here.

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The Face of a Bonded Laborer

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Story by Banu Rajanna of Grade 7 for Think n Ink Contest

I wake up from the wooden cot, but my wife’s not there. She must’ve started cooking for me. As usual, I move to the outhouse and pluck a neem branch, and start brushing. I’m just another bonded laborer, so I can’t afford toothbrushes. But we just happen to manage. As always, its gruel for breakfast, but my kids wake up then. After finishing my food, I grab my spade, and head off to work.

I walk and walk, but the journey seems endless. On the way, I see the landlord’s kid travelling in six-wheeled cars, something I can’t even dream of. School was something my kids can’t go to because the nearby school asks for a dashing sum of money. I received a job offer at the school, but I had to turn it down due to my father’s mistake. He borrowed a sum of money from the landlord thirty-five years ago to buy fertilizers which would last a year. To repay the loan, I have to work for him. The landlord’s mansion is a substantial distance from my house, that’s why it seems so endless. When I reach there, he comes forward with another laborer holding a pile of bricks. He says, “You’ve got bricks today, son. Now move on! The outhouse is where you’ll be going.” As always, I follow his orders, and move to the outhouse. The cement’s already there at the site. He passes a layout of the building and asks me to do it.

Brick by brick I stack, and already I’ve lost a great deal of sweat. When I run out of bricks, I pick another sack and the outhouse is done. He comes, and says, “Do you know how many bricks you’ve used?” I never went to school, so I can’t count. “Stack more bricks or you don’t get meals for a week!” he says. So I grab another sack and build it. When I’m done, he drags me to his farm in a bullock cart and dumps me with a bunch of fertilizers and, “My veggies are dying. Mix this with a cup of water and smear it evenly.” I timidly nod to him and I begin the mixing. It has the scent of a neem tree, so I suspect it comes from that. I suspect it’s already noon, but my stomach’s already grumbling. The other workers looked like they hadn’t eaten in a month, so I consider myself lucky – plain lucky. Once I’m done and dusted with the fertilizer, it’s already lunchtime. Today, he’s given us beaten rice with lentils and vegetables. I try imagining making this at home. We’d have to substitute the beaten rice with regular rice, and the lentils would have to be black bean. The only thing we can afford. I gobble it up as fast as I can and then the landlord says we have to move to the house, for he is expecting guests.

We start the sweeping and the cleaning so the guests will be impressed by its sheer decadence. The cooks start cooking, and I start filling the wine glasses. I can tell from the smell that it’s a different kind, not the regulars. The guests arrive and I start serving them. Some of them didn’t like the wine, so they actually dump it on my head! I mean, are we treated worse than slaves just because we’re bonded laborers?  We too have a body which is as human as theirs. I can prove it with blood! When the guests leave, oh what a mess they have made. Millions of shards of glass lay on the silk carpet. Food lies on the floor; I mean that could feed three people! Okay. Now I’m dragged to this large factory with huge chimneys, but when he says what it is, it’s exactly what I expected – a meat factory.  How disgusting. I’m a vegetarian, and I hate the smell and the feel of it. He drags us inside, and gives us a briefing on what to do. “The meat’s a new industry. I’m trying to make more money for an amusement park”. What a rich guy. He hands us buckets of meat to put through the processors. The textures are so different and squishy. Once we’re done with the meat, its night already. I got 20 for today, so I used 5 for a ride halfway to home because the factory is really far. When I light off the vehicle, the landlord’s kids have already planned an ambush on me. They made and threw smoke bombs on my face and thrashed me with a hammer. My elbow got a deep wound.

Perhaps this is what it’s meant to be. I see my kids running in the meadow not far from home. The purple wildflowers in their hands reminded how my life was when I was their age. I just hope my children would have a better fate than I did. Just when I was entering home, the landlord came in his long, black car, with his sons in tow. They give a full apology and get out of the house. I move to the cot, as always how my day would be tomorrow.

 

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. Encourage your children to participate. You can register for Free! The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates. Closing date for this contest is May 22nd, 2013.

Sign up for free, participate, and win prizes by clicking here.

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Twilight Till Dusk

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Poem by Spoorthi T of Grade 8 for Think n Ink Contest

Portraying all shades of red,

Is what marks the end to my day.

I look in awe as the blue spread,

And ‘Beautiful’ is the only word I say.

I take a moment longer to absorb the beauty,

And take my last look at the ending Twilight.

  A god, as I know, has his own duty,

But just a moment is what I ask to highlight this Twilight.

Dark skies overtake the warmth in the sky,

As I gaze up to see the twinkling stars.

Oh, how I wish, I could be up that high,

And remain there like a permanent scar.

The Moonrise begins to take place,

Giving us the only available source of light.

I try hard to retrace,

All my memories of the moonrises that I had seen at night.

I had had the moment of life I most desired,

The one where I watch everything from Twilight till Dusk.

This is what I most admired,

That every moment of it made me bite my lips with my tusks.

I try to make out all the constellations,

The only one I find is The Plough.

I wonder about the star generations,

And how brightly they seemed to glow.

Strangers and Passersby stare at me,

Like I did to the Moon and the Stars.

 I ignore the stares and try to see,

The moving bikes and cars.

I would never get another chance like this again,

So I try to consume all I can.

That’s the time when I unknowingly began,

 To read out a poem I read before a long time span.

Everyone stares and everyone looks

I think quietly to myself and say, ‘Why?’

I transform into a closed book,

Avoiding to reply to that guy.

Twilight till Dusk, a funny but beautiful moment,

Is another thing to add to my treasure chest.

This moment I will surely acknowledge,

 Turned out just the way I had guessed!

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. Encourage your children to participate. You can register for Free! The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates. Closing date for this contest is May 22nd, 2013.

Sign up for free, participate, and win prizes by clicking here.

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Short Story by a First Grader

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Short Story by Aldon Almeida of Grade 1 for Think n Ink Contest

A dog named “Ben”, did not like to go out to the market tied in chains. He did not like to be kept tied.

One day, he was went to the market along with his master just to see the market.

In the market he saw lot of masters who had come along with their dogs who were also tied in chains. He could see the same feel as that of his in their eyes.

Ben had thought he was a lone dog to be tied, but was glad to see so many dogs there, so he barked in a peculiar tone “bow, bow, bow”.

Hearing him bark, all the other dogs began to bark in the same tone.

Now, the market was full of dog bark.

Seeing all this, Ben was happy and to have so many friends who also expressed their discomfort in chains. All the masters let go their dogs for a while. The dogs raced together to the nearby open area and had great fun.

After which they returned to their masters, with a promise to meet up again soon.

Ben also came back and was always happy to go to the market.

Moral: Do not wait for others to express your discomfort, take the first step and you will find many to support you.

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. Encourage your children to participate. You can register for Free! The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates. Closing date for this contest is May 22nd, 2013.

Sign up for free, participate, and win prizes by clicking here.

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Pride Comes Before a Fall

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Essay by Shirin Laturkar of Grade 7 for Think n Ink Contest

A few months ago, my parents, cousins and I went on a trip to a hill-station. We had a lot of fun but something happened that made me a lot humbler than I used to be.

In the resort where we were staying, there was a waterfall that we all wanted to visit. It was quite small and there was a small river into which the waterfall flowed into. Across the river was a small, wood-like area with a lot of trees, making the area very shady. To cross the river, there was a natural stone pathway made of rocks a meter or so apart. One would have to jump on these rocks to get past. As the river was constantly flowing over the rocks, they were quite slippery.

On the day we visited it, the Sun was shining and it was a lovely day. So, we decided to take a picnic lunch and eat it on the other side of the waterfall. We were going to spend the entire day there. As I had an unusually good sense of balance, I crossed the river first and helped everyone across. After lunch all the parents started chatting about boring things like the stock market so us children started playing on the rocks in the river. Naturally, with my excellent balance, I won all the games that involved jumping from one rock to another. Finally, one of my cousins dared me to jump from one stone to another, while skipping a stone. This was obviously very difficult, but, feeling confident after winning all those games, I decided to try it. While jumping, I suddenly felt a bit nervous and I landed on the rock a bit awkwardly. While I was trying to regain my balance, a large wave crashed on the rock I was standing on. Shrieking, I lost my balance and plunged into the water! I was alright, unhurt except for my bruised pride. As I climbed out of the water, soaking wet, I was so embarrassed. If only I hadn’t tried to jump.

The above incident is an outstanding example of how pride comes before a fall – literally!

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. Encourage your children to participate. You can register for Free! The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates. Closing date for this contest is May 22nd, 2013.

Sign up for free, participate, and win prizes by clicking here.

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Article by a Seventh Grader

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Article by Prajna Chaudhary of Grade 7 for Think n Ink Contest

I’m a girl. 13 years old. I wear shorts and dresses. I own a mobile. I feel that a late night party are all right and so is roaming with guys. It is my life after all. My wish, whatever I want to do & whatever I do. But that doesn’t mean that any guy can rape me and ruin my life. All you rich modern people, sitting in your homes, watching TV, or chatting with your friends, its high time now. We need to do something. All of us need to pull up our socks. And when will we do that? When the rape victim is someone from our family? We are forgetting that children smaller than us are being raped. A 5 year old kid, then an 11 year girl and then an 8 year girl. Imagine, such a horrible thing happening to our moms, sisters or any dear ones (God forbidden). We need to change our mindsets. We may be modern in the way we dress or the way we talk, but let’s admit it we are still a little backward in our thinking. You might be thinking that I’m wrong, but I’m not. In a relationship girls are expected to say ‘tum’ to guys whereas guys call ‘tu’. Now, you must be wondering how this is connected rape. But let me tell you, it is, not directly but indirectly. Baby steps matter a lot. Yes, the rape victim is someone from my family. All the rape victims are because I belong to a family of humanity where everyone is equal. If girls can be raped, then why can’t boys be? Because, our ancestors had a thinking that males are superior to females.

Even though we are still schooling, we can do a lot for our country. Usually, the rapists are uneducated. As students, we can go to various NGOs or even chose a particular house in a slum and educate all the family members of the house. And, we can start this by teaching our helper (Yes, she is our helper and not our maid) and her family. Guys, please I make a humble request to all of you that this won’t get us anywhere, we need to take action. We sit in our air-conditioned rooms and blame the rapists. And yes, put “punish the rapists” statuses on Facebook and once in a while, go on a candle march. But let’s admit it, we go on a candle march, with our friends, nicely dressed and socialize and click pictures over there to upload on Facebook. We also criticize our very own country, even though we’re its own children (I’m not telling you to support politicians). We crib about our country’s low education percentage, its infrastructure, its poverty and the poor health of a large number of people but we are forgetting that we need are the ones who have to change all this. Do you know why USA is so developed? Because all the well-to-do and educated people of India go to US. Let me tell you India is a very diverse country with more than 200 languages and 100 religions. India has the best education worldwide, but unfortunately only a few get it. Please guys and girls, do something for your country. Its future is in our hands.

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. Encourage your children to participate. You can register for Free! The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates. Closing date for this contest is May 22nd, 2013.

Sign up for free, participate, and win prizes by clicking here.

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Teeny Tiny

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Short Story by Ishaan Trivedi of Grade 5 for Think n Ink Contest

One fine morning in the forgotten land called Frugalatte, the baron was looking out from his balcony while thinking O, the lovely animals I shall catch today, for hunting was his favourite hobby. He had lots of spears, arrows, traps, swords and god knows what else. So, early that afternoon he rode on one of his finest horse to the forest.

Suddenly he spotted a deer behind a tree. He took out a sharp spear and quickly but quietly crept up to the deer. Even though he was silent the deer heard him and shot off like a bullet. The baron instantly mounted his horse and galloped towards the deer. As the baron chased the deer, he saw an enchanted mansion. Curious as he was, he went in.

He found a bug ray (which a time-travelling future scientist had forgot to take with him) and as he thought it was a doomsday device he started trying to destroy it with his spear and sword. While he was doing this he must have accidently pressed the ‘FIRE’ button because at that precise moment he turned into the size of a bug.

He shrunk so fast that he didn`t realise for a minute. Then he noticed that the grass was as tall as the trees and there were bugs crawling about on the soft soil that were almost the same size as him. As he was looking around a beetle came up to him and said “Hello, my name is Jimmy. You look like the rare bug ‘Optus muntus’ because of your colourful things you wear on you (clothes) and you have four legs but you only walk on two. I have a friend of you species. His name is David. As soon as he said David the baron realised it was his long lost brother. “Take me to David,” said the baron hurriedly. When he saw David he didn’t recognise him at first glance because he was old and beardy. “How did they know that we were that species when we aren’t and …,” the baron trailed off.  “I made it up so they recognised us and they attack if they don’t know our species,” replied David. “The device shrunk you too then, come to my house and we will talk.

As they arrived at David’s house the baron gasped in astonishment “How did you make this, it looks exactly like the palace,” spluttered the baron still staring at the wondrous building which was standing tall and strong. “It was the small replica you made and gave to me to keep for a few days. The day I was coming to return it I came across the device and you know what happened next don’t you,” sighed David. “What I don’t understand is why you are so old and beardy and you have been away for a month,” asked the baron, confused. “You get older quickly when you are bug,” replied David. They both went in. Inside was exactly like the palace as well. The baron was very pleased with his work. David quickly made some tea and they started planning. They talked and talked and talked until they had a brilliant plan.

The idea was the baron’s, he had remembered one of his hunting weapons was a sling and he had killed lots of small animals such as rabbits, hedgehogs and badgers.

The next day they set off, looking for the tools needed. It was pretty hard work and only after couple of hours of fruitless search the baron found an old piece of rubber band. They tied it together because it was in a broken state. “That’s one thing found another two to go but let’s have lunch first,” said the baron hungrily. “OK” replied David. They went home and had few crumbs of cake which made them quite full. They also had a drop of lemonade and felt fresh. In next part of search finding the stick and stones was easier. Partly because sticks and stones lay on the ground and partly because you can snap some twigs to the right size. They slept happily having completed the day’s work.

Next morning they got straight to work, putting the rubber band on the stick was the hard part. Once they had done it they took it to the device (shrinking ray) and started flinging stones at the ‘Reverse Fire’ button. In the end they finally hit it. The blue ray zapped them and they were back to normal size!

There was celebration and festivities when they came back. Everyone was happy. The baron thanked his child for keeping place. A courtier asked him “What happened to you, Sir?”  The baron looked at David and smiled.

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. Encourage your children to participate. You can register for Free! The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates. Closing date for this contest is May 22nd, 2013.

Sign up for free, participate, and win prizes by clicking here.

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An Encounter with a Wild Animal – A Short Story

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Short Story by Rahul Menon of Grade 9 for Think n Ink Contest

It was the 4th of July, 2005 if I remember correctly. I had woken up early at two a.m and prayed to God that my birthday today would be very interesting, little did I know how “ wild an animal interesting was going to be .

I had left my wish list in a place I knew my parents would find it. I wondered what they were going to choose as I slipped back under my bed sheet. When I woke up again I quickly freshened up and went to the dining room and asked my parents what was the day’s surprise the next thing I knew, I was in a safari. I couldn’t believe my parents had actually got me here. That’s when I realized I had wandered off I couldn’t find my parents! I took a few tentative steps backward when I heard a growl from behind me; I turned around to see myself face to face, with a jaguar! I had heard more than enough about this man- eater that I was a goner. The panther was very beautifully in an “I’m going to rip your head off” sort of way. It had sleek back fur, a beautiful long tail and green piercing eyes. It started as it edged closer and I saw hundreds of sparkling white teeth and at the moment I knew those were the last things I was ever going to see. The leopard pounced and I raised my arm in defense. I felt the jaguar jaw lock itself on my arm in a steel grip. Pain surged through my arm as I felt flesh being separated from bone. It was at that moment I remembered the story of the man who had killed a tiger barehanded. I relaxed my arm and felt the jaguars jaw loosen a fraction immediately I pushed my arm further into the panther’s jaw blocking its windpipe. I cried out in pain as the jaguars jaw tightened like steel clamps. The jaguars started struggling like as if it’s tail was being ground , it was fainting, reaching deaths doorstep, I let go and just before the panther fainted it looked at me, gratitude in its eye. The next day the headlines were “6 year old boy triumph over jaguar “, my wish had been granted.

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. Encourage your children to participate. You can register for Free! The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates. Closing date for this contest is May 22nd, 2013.

Sign up for free, participate, and win prizes by clicking here.

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