Harbor Freight – Making a difference for High Schools and the Skilled Trades

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We think high school skilled trades teachers are worth a million bucks. Actually, we think they’re priceless. And that’s why we’re excited to announce that we’ve doubled this year’s Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence to $1 million!

A few months ago, I shared with you stories of the amazing skilled trades high school teachers who won last year’s prize. We were so inspired by their commitment and passion for teaching that we wanted to do more. This year, we’re awarding more than $1 million in prizes to even more outstanding skilled trades teachers and their public high schools.

Three first-place winners and their schools will receive $100,000 ($30,000 to the teacher or teacher team, and $70,000 to their high school’s skilled trades program), and 15 second-place winners will receive $50,000 ($15,000 to the teacher or teacher team, and $35,000 to their high school’s skilled trades program).

We’ve seen firsthand the impact that skilled trades teachers in this country are making in the lives of students. They’re teaching them how to repair cars, how to weld, how to build houses, how to install electrical systems and plumbing, the list goes on and on. These educators are giving our young people tangible skills that lead to great jobs after high school graduation.

Skilled trades teachers are heroes, and it’s time to recognize them. If you’re a skilled trades teacher at a U.S. public high school, please apply. And if you know a great skilled trades teacher, please forward this message to them and encourage them to apply.

Applications are open now through July 6 at hftforschoolsprize.org. Stay up to date on the latest prize news on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

We can’t wait to shine a spotlight on the great work that these teachers are doing!


Eric Smidt
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, LLC

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, LLC, is an affiliate of The Smidt Foundation
For more information, please visit:  https://harborfreighttoolsforschools.org/.


More Than 550,000 Dishwashers Are Being Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

More than 550,000 dishwasher models were voluntarily recalled on October 19th, 2017 due to a safety issue with the power cord. A manufacturing defect has caused the power cord to be a fire risk; to date 5 house fires have been reported.

More Than 550,000 Dishwashers Are Being Recalled Due to Fire HazardThe dishwasher models were manufactured within a large time frame: between September 2012 and January 2015. If you have purchased a dishwasher between now and 2012, check the serial number to see if your dishwasher is included in the recall.

If your dishwasher is included in the recall, stop using it immediately and call the Safety Recall Hotline at 1-888-965-5813 for a free inspection and repair. You can contact BSH Home Appliances at 1-888-965-5813 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. or online at the brand’s websites listed below:

  1. Bosch
  2. Gaggenau
  3. Jenn-Air
  4. Thermador


Up to $400 from Duke Energy

Reduce the amount of the sun’s heat that enters your home, increase your comfort and lower your energy costs by installing energy-efficient replacement windows. Duke Energy will pay up to $400 when you upgrade to energy-efficient windows or make your existing windows more energy efficient. This offer is available for single-family homes. Multi-family homes do not qualify for this incentive.

You must have a free Home Energy Check with a qualifying recommendation performed before any work begins (within the past 24 months) to qualify for this incentive.

Sounds like the perfect time to call the leader in energy-efficient replacement windows, Renewal By Andersen