HAMMOND | Lafayette, Maywood and O'Bannon elementary schools are among the 186 schools competing nationwide in Big Lots' annual Lots2Give Video Contest.
Big Lots is giving a total of $120,000 in cash prizes to 37 schools. There is a grand prize of $20,000, two first-place prizes of $10,000, four $5,000 second-place prizes, and 30 third-place winners will be awarded $2,000 each.
To participate in the contest, schools submitted a 90-second video and essay on why their school could use more financial support. The contest was created to help schools needing financial support.
In the videos, a Hammond student dressed up as a wand-waving magician transforms classrooms and students danced and sang about their school.
Big Lots also is holding an in-store donation program for each school participating in the contest. Through July 7, customers can donate to the selected schools at participating stores, where 100 percent of donations go to the schools.
Voting ends July 7. Individuals can cast three votes per person, per day and video entries can be viewed and voted on at www.biglots.com/lots2give.
Winners will be announced on Aug. 10.