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Selah school prepares for final day of voting in $100,000 giveaway

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SELAH, Wash. – Students, parents, staff, and teachers of Robert S. Lince Elementary School made a final push on Friday to get enough votes to win $100,000 in U.S. Cellular's "Calling All Communities" national competition.

The school broke the top ten last month, making it eligible for the cash prize.  At the time, Lince Elementary was the only school from the Northwest qualifying to win the money.

PTO members decided early on they would rally the entire Selah community to work as one team so they put forward one school's name but said they would split the winnings among the district's five schools.

U.S. Cellular was updating a leader board for the more than 5,000 schools competing across the country on their website on a regular basis but stopped postings results for the final weeks of the contest. 

The mobile phone service provider is giving out $1,000,000 to ten different schools to spend however they choose for the second year in a row. Each school will get an equal portion of the money.

The company says voting has increased in the second year and more than 86,000 votes have been cast.

To enter the competition, someone must visit a U.S. Cellular store and pick up a code for the contest. Then, they must enter that code online and identify the school they want to vote for on the company's website. No purchase is necessary to participate in the competition.

"Calling All Communities" began in November, votes will be counted until Jan. 15, 2010.

To learn more about the campaign, click here: http://www.uscc.com/uscellular/SilverStream/Pages/x_page.html?p=callingallcommunities

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