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St. Damian in 3rd Place in Race for $150,000 Prize

With just under a month left, St. Damian School is currently in third place in US Cellular's "Calling All Communities," contest. The contest ends Oct. 21, with the top school earning a $150,000 prize.

Calling all residents, it's time to help out St. Damian Elementary School in U.S. Cellular's 'Calling All Communities,' contest. Currently, St. Damian is in third place in the entire nation, behind Spring Creek Elementary School and Seymour Middle School, respectively.

Efforts to push St. Damian into first place in the contest have been spearheaded by a group of dedicated mothers who are pushing for the top spot and the $150,000. However, Principal Colleen Domke said that is one problem: they're running out of voters.

“We're just running out of people,” Domke said. “We just need their info, we can do the leg work for them.”

Domke said that if residents visit the school's website and fill out the information card, representatives from the school can use the info to cast votes in the contest. She added that people can only vote once during the contest and that none of the information is used for solicitation purposes.

The contest runs until Oct. 21, with the winner announced on Nov. 25. Should the school win any prize money, Domke said that parents will decide how to use the prize money.

NANCY GRACE September 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Good to hear-if they win maybe they can pay for bus rides for their kids instead of Oak Forest taxpayers
Stones September 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Families at St. Damian pay taxes that support the local schools, should we be exempt from that? The irony is, we whole heartedly support the public schools because good schools are a benefit to the entire community. St. Damian as well.
Sue1 September 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Nancy Grace, my thought exactly. Brian I have no idea what you are talking about. If its in reference to the bus service, those families in district are still getting bus service. It's those that live outside of districts limits that don't.
Jen Miller September 29, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Quite ridiculous to say that those who use the bus service don't pay for it. As Stones has pointed out, parents who choose to send their children to private school pay taxes that are used to support the public school system. By your logic, our tuition should be subsidized by those parents who choose to send their children to public school. Please think before you write.
OF Mommy September 29, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Uggghhhh.... We ARE Oak Forest taxpayers!! Taxpayers who receive no benefit from our public school system (which by the way is the largest portion of my tax bill). Why is that so hard for people to understand?? How about you rally behind a school in your community that has a real chance of winning this instead of using this as a platform to be negative.

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