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Back to School Text & Win Campaign

Let us share some simple ideas for a fresh start to your 2021 school year! Signing up enters you into a drawing for grocery gift cards and other fun prizes. Learn more about the program and how to sign up.
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A colorful drawing of a worried-looking youth in face mask. Text says "Back to school looks different this year. We are here to help."

Program Overview

Back to school will look different this fall. Due to hybrid and remote learning, many students have not traveled regularly to campus in over a year. Thinking ahead can help make our first days back less stressful.   

Let us share some simple ideas for a fresh start to your 2021 school year, like packing bags the night before or making sure your bike tires have air! Signing up enters you into a drawing for grocery gift cards and other fun prizes. 

What can I win?

K-5 family prizes:

  • $25 Fred Meyer gift cards (40 available)

6-12 grade student prizes:

  • $25 Fred Meyer gift cards (20 available)
  • TriMet Youth Hop passes with Day Pass included
  • Walk and bike prize packs

Contest Terms


Contest Period
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Text & Win Program begins on August 17, 2021 and ends on October 6, 2021. By texting a key word to 888-520-0526 and submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to these rules. The odds of winning this contest are determined by the number of total contestants and entries.

Who May Enter
This contest is open to families with PK-5 grade students, and students in 6-12 grades or their family members.

Eligible school districts include: Centennial School District, David Douglas School District, Parkrose School District, Portland Public Schools District, and Reynolds School District. 

How to Enter
For PK-5 families: Text SCHOOL to 888-520-0526 

For 6-12 students or families: Text BACKPACK to 888-520-0526

Participants are automatically entered into the prize drawing.

Text Messages

By texting the keyword to 888-520-0526, the contestant opts into receiving text messages from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Message and data rates may apply. Contestant can always text STOP to 888-520-0526 to cancel or opt out. Terms and privacy policy are available here.

Winner Selection and Notification

Weekly drawings for names of winners will be conducted. PBOT reserves the right to choose which prizes are drawn in which week. Winners will be notified of their name being drawn. Winners will be notified via mail, e-mail, or text depending on information provided by contestant. If the winner does not respond within one week of receiving notification, contest organizers will select a new winner at random.

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Resources and Information

K-5 Family Texts 
In case you've missed any of our messages and want to catch up!

1: Just like a school supply list, make a checklist of daily things needed for school mornings - water bottle, masks, helmet, etc. Post it by the door & go!

2: Travel your route to campus at least once before school starts, like a dress rehearsal. It can calm nerves or build excitement for kids AND adults!

3: It’s recommended to leave earlier than usual the first week back to school. This allows for flex time & maybe a bonus break for adults before the next task.

4: If your child is anxious about going back to in-person school; walking or riding together (while distanced) with friends can be a fun way to ease the stress.

5. There are so many unknowns about in-person school this year. Focus on what you can control: routines, preparing as best you can & being there for your kid.

6. What's one word you would use to describe school drop off? If it's not dreamy or relaxed, avoid it & park a 5 min. walk from school. Save gas & get some steps in. 

7. Celebrate getting through the first few days of school; we all deserve it! With so many changes to navigate, let's focus on wins. What was your win this week?  

Here are the sources we used in crafting our text messages:

Theme: Well-being

Theme: Getting to school

Theme: COVID-19 and back-to-school