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Voters can help 2 local schools earn Toyota grants

BEMIDJI — Local residents are encouraged to take part in an online voting competition that has the potential of benefiting a local school.

Bemidji High School and Voyageurs Expeditionary School both already have received $2,500 and are competing for the chance to win an additional $7,500 in the Toyota Drive for Education program.

Voting is now open and runs through March 5.

To vote:

• Log in to Facebook.

• Go to PREP45 and “like” their page.

•Click on the “Minnesota Toyota Drive for Education” Contest button. Here, you may read the nominating essays for each school.

• Then, click on “Vote” on the banner at the top of the page.

The site states only one vote is allowed per entry.

Local nominated projects include a greenhouse for the lunch program at Voyageurs Expeditionary School and to purchase eBooks for the library at Bemidji High School.

Winners will be announced during the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament.