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Three schools trying to win cash

COVINGTON --Three local schools are part of the eight in the state vying for a chance to win a share of $120,000 in cash prizes from Big Lots.

Big Lots is asking the public to vote online for a favorite video as part of the sixth-annual Lots2Give, a national program launched by Big Lots to help schools in need of financial support across America.

Thirty-seven winners will be determined. Cash prizes include 30 $2,000 third-place prizes, four $5,000 second-place prizes, two $10,000 first-place prizes and one $20,000 grand prize.

Earlier this year, Big Lots asked schools to submit a short video and brief essay explaining why their school is in need of financial support. Locally, Clements Middle School, Fairview Elementary School and Newton High School are competing for the prizes among 183 other schools across the nation.

"Big Lots is excited to extend a helping hand to schools in need of financial support in the communities we serve," said David Campisi, Chief Executive Officer and President of the company. "We invite the public to join us in selecting the winners of our Lots2Give video contest and contributing to an important cause."

Clements is looking for help with science, technology and its Positive Behavioral Interventions Support Program; Fairview is hoping to create a sensory room with equipment; and NHS is looking for help with giving more students technology.

Until July 7, the public can vote for their favorite video entries up to three times a day by visiting www.biglots.com/lots2give. More than 400,000 votes were cast in the 2012 contest.

In addition to the Lots2Give video contest, participating schools will be the recipients of an in-store donation program. Customers can help selected schools by donating $5 or $1 at participating Big Lots stores through July 7. All of the donations will go to participating schools.

Winners of the contest will be announced on Aug. 10, which is Big Lots Teacher Appreciation Day.