Project Green Room will hide $1,000 on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus on tax day, April 15, in order to generate buzz about the country’s rising debt.
Students will have the opportunity to search for a signed 1040 form in an envelope and the finder will be able to redeem it with Project Green Room, the nonpartisan Miami University-based organization focused on educating young people about fiscal issues. The organization launched the group on Ohio State’s campus in January.
Project Green Room, also known as PGR, will live tweet clues via its Twitter account to the location of the envelope.
The clues will tie into Project Green Room’s message, stressing that the winning student would need to have 150 more checks similar to the one they’d win in order to pay their share of the federal debt as a taxpayer.
Jeff Feiwell in a press release announcing the campaign said the $1,000 is only part of the debt students owe as Washington, D.C., politicians have accumulated $17.6 trillion in debt.
Tweets and a Facebook post with a video describing the competition will be posted at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Students must follow @projectgrnroom on Twitter and retweet the announcement in order to qualify for the prize.
Project Green Room expects thousands of students to participate in finding the $1,000 prize.
At the end of the day on April 15, the group will plan to organize a social gathering for students to learn more about organization and the issues.