Holloway High School will begin the year $2,000 richer thanks to the 2011 Lots2Give video contest.
A total of 116 schools competed for a share of $100,000 in cash prizes in the fourth annual Lots2Give video contest, with the $20,000 grand prize going to Wayne Memorial High School in Wayne, Mich.
Big Lots asked participating schools to submit a short video and brief essay explaining why their school is in need of financial support.
From June 6 through July 4, America voted for their favorite video at www.biglots.com/lots2give.
More than 230,000 votes were cast to determine the 35 winners, which include one $20,000 grand prize, four $5,000 first-place prizes and 30 $2,000 second-place prizes.
Along with the Lots2Give video contest, Big Lots collected in-store donations to help the 206 schools enrolled in the Lots2Give program.
From April 25 through July 4, Big Lots customers were invited to make $1 or $5 donations at participating stores.
Due to the generosity of the public, this initiative raised more than $130,000 for the schools.
The following area schools also participated in the Lots2Give program:
• Krisle Elementary School, Springfield - $2,000 winner
• Walter J. Barid Middle School, Lebanon - $2,000 winner
• Cheatham Park Elementary School, Springfield
• Coles Ferry Elementary School, Lebanon
• Westside Elementary School, Springfield
In conjunction with the Lots2Give program, Big Lots stores across the country will acknowledge the tremendous efforts of educators by hosting an in-store Teacher Appreciation Day event Saturday, Aug. 13.
All educators with a valid school identification card will receive 10% off their entire purchase.