Stark County’s own TomTod Ideas has been selected as one of the top 100 finalists in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest.

TomTod Ideas empowers middle school students to launch absurd ideas that enhance the common good.

Past projects have included The Shack-a-Thon, born from the dream of a middle schooler from Hartville.

The project had people sleep in cardboard boxes overnight to learn about homelessness and poverty. The Shack-a-Thon raised more than $5,000 for Refuge of Hope.

Then there’s Duct4Downs, a passion project of a middle schooler from Louisville who creates braided duct tape bracelets sold with a fact about Down Syndrome attached. All proceeds go to The Upside of Downs, an organization dedicated to support and advocacy for people with Down Syndrome.

Executive director Joel Daniel Harris describes middle school students as living in “the prime real estate at the intersection of intellectual ability, imaginitive capacity and passionate energy.”

Being awarded the very competitive grant money would help launch the ideas of more students, impacting the community and maybe even the world.

The FedEx contest featured over 5,000 applicants and more than 1.4 million votes were cast.

Visit to learn more and to see the final award results. Fingers crossed!

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  1. tomtodideas (@tomtodideas)

    Wow! Thanks for the shout out! Though we were disappointed to find out that we didn’t win, we were honored to make the top 100. And, more importantly, we’re excited to keep launching imaginative ideas of awesome middle school throughout Stark County. Next up are our summer Dreamoratories (…can’t wait to see what our students dream up! Thanks for your great work to spread the good word about all things Stark County.