LAWRENCE — Thirty-seven schools from across the country will start the school year with some extra cash as Big Lots announces the winners of the 2013 Lots2Give video contest. A total of 185 schools competed for a share of $120,000 in cash prizes in the sixth annual Lots2Give video contest, with the $20,000 grand prize going to Fairfax Elementary School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
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 10 through July 7, America voted for their favorite video at biglots.com/lots2give. More than 405,000 votes were cast to determine the 37 winners, which include one $20,000 grand prize, two $10,000 first place prizes, four $5,000 second place prizes, and 30 third place prizes of $2,000 each.
Along with the Lots2Give video contest, Big Lots collected in-store donations to help the 250 schools enrolled in the Lots2Give program. From April 30 through July 7, Big Lots customers were invited to make $1 or $5 donations at participating stores with 100 percent of the money collected split between the participating schools.
In the Boston area, the following seven schools were participants in the Lots2Give program: A.C. Whelan Elementary School, Revere ($2,000 winner); East Middle School, Brockton ($2,000 winner); Oliver Partnership School, Lawrence ($2,000 winner); Parlin School, Everett ($2,000 winner); Susan B. Anthony Middle School, Revere ($2,000 winner); Whittier School, Everett ($2,000 winner); and Guilmette Elementary School, Lawrence.
In conjunction with the Lots2Give program, Big Lots stores across the country acknowledged the tremendous efforts of educators by hosting its Teacher Appreciation Day event on Aug. 10. All 37 winning videos can be viewed at biglots.com/lots2give.
DERRY — The sixth annual Staples for Students National School Supply Drive will supply local students with the tools they need to be successful in school. Beginning Aug. 11, teens can drop off supplies at their nearest Staples store through Aug. 18, and Staples will put the supplies in the hands of local Boys & Girls Clubs of America students. Staples customers can also continue to donate $1 or more at their local Staples store through Sept. 28. All of the donations will benefit local students at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry. The local Staples stores to make a donation are located at 176 South Broadway, Salem; 41 Nashua Road, Londonderry; 58 Plaistow Road, Plaistow; 252 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua; and 255 Amherst St., Nashua. The company kicked off the drive with a $125,000 donation in July and all of the overall proceeds will benefit members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Staples and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America will ensure that all of the donations get to the local Boys & Girls Clubs in time for the new school year. Since 2008, the campaign has raised nearly $3 million for hundreds of thousands of students in need throughout the country.