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Lince Elementary prepares for final week of $100,000 contest

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SELAH, Wash. – For the last two months the community behind each school in town has been working as one team to win $100,000 in a national contest and next week their hard work could pay off.

For the second year in a row, U.S. Cellular is giving away $1 million to be shared evenly by the ten schools that get the most votes in the "Calling All Communities" competition. As of late last month, Robert Lince Elementary was ranked seventh nationally but the company stopped updating the list for the final weeks of the contest.

"The kids are one of our biggest supporters as well," said Leana Anderson, president of the school's PTO. "They're getting people, you know calling grandmas, calling grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins, you know, ‘vote for my school' they are so excited when they see are numbers going up."

School leaders and parents decided early on they would combine the resources of Selah's five schools and split the money equally. Lince Elementary is the official entry to the competition but the whole town is set to benefit if they win the cash prize.

"We're working hard for this, our schools really, really need that money," said Anderson. "Whether it is to buy one brand new laptop, whether it's to buy one swing, we need that money and our community deserves it."

In order to vote for a school, you must first visit a U.S. Cellular store and pick up a contest card. Then enter the card's code on the company's website and select the school of your choice.

As of last month, one other school from the Yakima Valley broke into the competition's top 100, Robertson Elementary in Yakima. They would win any cash prizes at that level though.

The contest ends Friday, Jan. 15. For more information, visit: www.uscellular.com/callingallcommunities.

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