For the first time, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) will participate in The Big Payback, an annual day of giving to nonprofits based in Middle Tennessee, to encourage community support and engagement in the SCORE Prize.

The SCORE Prize identifies and honors the Tennessee public schools and school districts that are rising to the challenge of improving student achievement and student outcomes. The SCORE Prize will celebrate these leaders in learning at an event later this year that will be attended by educators and education stakeholders from across Tennessee.

Donations of $10 or more to SCORE during The Big Payback will go directly to supporting this celebration, where SCORE will award $35,000 total to the SCORE Prize winning district and schools.

“The Big Payback is an opportunity for SCORE to engage in a major initiative of the Middle Tennessee nonprofit community and to raise awareness of the important work nonprofits carry out thanks to charitable giving,” SCORE Executive Chairman and CEO Jamie Woodson said. “We also hope to foster greater community interest and support for the schools and districts honored by the SCORE Prize.”

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The Big Payback is a 24-hour, online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise funds to continue their work and directly improve the community around them.

How does the Big Payback work? The day of giving is Wednesday, May 2, from midnight to midnight. Once the clock starts, anyone can visit and support SCORE and other participating nonprofits.

During the past four years of giving days, The Big Payback has made a tremendous impact on the Middle Tennessee community helping raise more than $9.3 million for nearly 1,000 area organizations. Since 2011, the SCORE Prize has impacted 162,880 students by honoring and awarding 10 outstanding school districts and 32 exceptional schools with $275,000 in SCORE Prize Awards and nearly $5,000 in student scholarships.