Posted By: Camila Orti
A Lincoln school is taking an online contest seriously, and is now in the running to win $100,000.
Students at more than 3,500 schools across the country are taking an pledge to be safer drivers through State Farm's 'Celebrate My Drive' initiative that began last week. The celebration challenges students to commit to being responsible drivers; the schools with the highest participation votes can win thousands of dollars in grant money.
Pius High School is one of six Lincoln schools to make the safe driving commitment. As of Friday afternoon, Pius is ranked 12th in the nation, meaning they're just a few spots away from winning the grand prize.
Students, staff and people in the community have been voting every day for the past week.
With nearly 50,000 votes, Pius is the only local school within reach of the big prize. To get it, they have to make it in the top five.
Principal Tom Korta says he's urging as many people as possible to go online and vote.
"We feel like we've got to do just a massive effort here in these last two days and we're just trying to get word out to as many different people as we can, that it would just take a few seconds and help us out, it'd be a great thing for our school," Korta says.
Korta says if they win, Pius would use the money to renovate 50–year–old bathrooms and update equipment throughout the school.
Voting closes Saturday night. To make your safe driving commitment and support a local school, go to celebratemydrive.com and click on 'Make a Commitment.'