Fantage Debuts ‘School Challenge’ Nationwide with Many Prizes to Winning Classrooms

FORT LEE, N.J. – Jan . 23, 2012 Fantage.com Inc. ( Fantage), an online virtual world for kids ages six to 16, has kicked off its nationwide School Challenge, inviting classrooms around the country to compete for the chance to win money for their school, in addition to other prizes. Utilizing Fantage’s unique in-world virtual classrooms, which offer a place for teachers to connect with their students in a safe and fun online setting, the School Challenge tests comprehension in math and language skills through engaging mini-games. Multiple competitions will be held throughout 2012, and interested schools can visit the Fantage Teacher Page now for details on signing up to participate.

“We created the School Challenge as a way to introduce our virtual classrooms to teachers and students,” said David Hwang, CEO, Fantage. “As a parent myself, I recognize that teachers are an integral part of any child’s life, and this competition provides us with a way to give back to schools while engaging the kids in a fun and educational activity. Because each student’s success contributes to the odds of winning the grand prize for their school, it also has the benefit of encouraging them to study more and learn new things.”

Fantage kicked off the competition in December 2011, with Los Angeles school Christ the King. One fifth-grade classroom split into two teams to compete for a cash prize and a gift certificate for school supplies. The top participant from each team also received an Amazon Kindle, and all participating students were awarded one-month premium Fantage memberships and commemorative t-shirts.

“It’s important to offer varied activities to keep the kids interested in learning, and the Fantage School games delivered,” said Veronica Castillo, fifth grade teacher, Christ the King School. “Everyone in the classroom was excited to participate, and the School Challenge provided extra motivation for my students to focus on important subjects like reading and math. In addition to benefitting the students, the school also received a cash prize, which any teacher can attest is extremely useful.”

For more information about the Fantage School Challenge please visit:

http://www.fantage.com/fun/teacher_page.html.  To sign up for the chance to participate in the next Fantage School Challenge, please contact education@fantage.com.

For assets including quotes from the students at Christ the King School, as well as pictures of the class participating in the challenge, please contact Nathalie Nourian at Wonacott Communications ( nnourian@wonacottpr.com).

Fantage is committed to offering a safe and pleasant virtual community for a young audience. Fantage is a recipient of the Children’s Technology Review’s Editor’s Choice Award and a Mom’s Choice Award®. In additional to a proprietary three-tiered safety system, Fantage also has been awarded the prestigious TRUSTe’s Children’s Privacy Seal and is kidSAFE®+ certified and a member of the kidSAFE® Seal Program. All Fantage content is rated E for everyone in North America and PEGI 3, suitable for all ages, in Europe.

About Fantage

Founded in 2007 and launched the following year, Fantage.com is a next-generation destination site for children. Fantage games and adventures entertain and delight children, and promote positive social interaction in an engaging, exciting, safe environment that both kids and parents love. Fantage also provides an age-appropriate, safe social networking experience within a fun virtual world. The company is dedicated to the safety of Fantage members, and has a highly sophisticated, three-tier safety system providing the greatest level of protection of any community site for children on the web. Fantage also is extending its in-game experience by moving to the mobile game platform, offering mini-game favorites such as Fantage Bullseye and FishFish: Deep Blue.

For more information about Fantage, please visit www.fantage.com or check out the company blog at http://www.fantage.com/fun/blog.php.  


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