Lo­cal schools vie for big money from Big Lots con­test

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By Sabas­tian Wee a 90-sec­ond video and a 50-word es­say ex­plain­ing their need of fi­nan­cial sup­port.

“Big Lots is a big sup­porter of the com­mu­ni­ties they serve. So any­thing they can do to help fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, they are all for it,” said Stacey Marlow, spokesper­son for Big Lots.

This year, nine Ge­or­gia schools are com­pet­ing in the pro­gram, three of which are from Cov­ing­ton. Al­covy High School, Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Mid­dle School and Rocky Plains Ele­men­tary School are all vy­ing for the cash prizes that will surely help them with strug­gling bud­gets. A to­tal of 192 schools are reg­is­tered in the pro­gram.

“We have more than dou­bled the num­ber of con­tes­tants from last year,” said Marlow. “There are about 112 sub­mis­sions this year, com­pared to 46 from last year”

Al­covy High used the slideshow for­mat to ex­plain the es­sen­tial need for the arts. They pro­vided sur­pris­ing statis­tics back­ing the ben­e­fits and eco­nom­i­cal growth of the arts.

Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Mid­dle School re­cently learned of a new par­tic­ipa- tion fee for sports due to bud­get cuts. Their video high­lights the sports pro­grams af­fected if they were elim­i­nated.

Rocky Plains Ele­men­tary clev­erly used a broad­cast news de­sign to de­pict stu­dents protest­ing for more com­put­ers to sup­port the grow­ing num­ber of stu­dents at­tend­ing the school.

Big Lots will be giv­ing away $100,000 in cash prizes to be shared by the win­ning schools. The pot is split with one $10,000 grand prize and 45 $2,000 first place win­ners. In addi- tion, cus­tomers can do­nate $1 or $5 at par­tic­i­pat­ing Big Lots stores na­tion­wide, which par­tic­i­pat­ing schools will re­ceive 100 per­cent of pro­ceeds.

“By con­fig­ur­ing the prize struc­ture this way, they can give more schools a chance at win­ning,” said Marlow. “Big Lots them­selves won’t be do­ing any judg­ing. It will be up to the pub­lic to de­cide on­line who will win.”

In­di­vid­u­als can vote up to three times a day. Vot­ing is now avail­able on­line through July 5 at www. lot­s2give.com .

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