If he wins he will receive a $1,500 saving bond for college and the winning

school will receive $5,000."/>
If he wins he will receive a $1,500 saving bond for college and the winning

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Jake Mann hopes to be kid with top sandwich

By Staff | Jun 11, 2009

Jake Mann likes a good peanut butter sandwich as much as the next person.

But a few special ingredients he adds to his PB sandwiches might make a big difference in how much money he has in his piggy bank at the end of the month.

A Sanibel School second-grader, Jake has been selected as a finalist in the Arnold Bread’s “Best in Class” Sandwich Challenge Contest.

If he wins he will receive a $1,500 saving bond for college and the winning

school will receive $5,000.

Jake, 7, flashes a grin as he whips open his lunch bag during a recent day at

school. Inside is the sandwich that might give Jake his 15 minutes of

fame. Blueberries and bananas pushed out from the neatly cut whole wheat bread. Called “The P and Triple B,” it’s peanut butter, bananas, blueberries, and granola on Arnold Honey Wheat Bread. The sandwich seems to make you feel healthier just looking at it.

“It’s just one of my favorite sandwiches,” Jake said.

He and his dad, Todd Mann, created the sandwich together a few years ago,

said Renee Mann, Jake’s mom.

Renee said she noticed the contest on a kid’s Web site and she and Jake decided to enter. Renee said she had forgotten about the contest until being notified that Jake is a finalist.

“It was hysterical.” Renee said. “It was such a good surprise.”

Jake has always been a healthy eater so it is not a shock that he devised a nutritious sandwich, she added.

In order for Jake to win, he needs votes. Go to www.ArnoldSandwichChallenge.com. by Monday, June 22 to vote for Jake.

on the people must vote on his sandwich online. People can

Each e-mail address can vote only once a day.

Some of his classmates at The Sanibel School said they’ve already voted for his sandwich. Some muse over what Jake will do with his prize if he wins.

“Buy your own house,” one young man shouted.

But Jake already knows the destination of his potential windfall. It goes to his college fund.

School administrators said if Jake wins they will use the $5,000 school prize to purchase books for the library and help with technology expenses.

“We are very excited about Jake’s creative sandwich,” said school principal

Barbara Von Harten. “Since he is an avid reader with a love of learning, I’m

sure we will ask Jake for his input on book selection too.”

To vote, visit arnoldsandwichchallenge.com and follow the directions.