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Edwardsville school wins $5,000. This is how it plans to use it.

Fred Bird presents a $5,000 check to Leclaire Elementary School students and Principal Cornelia Smith. Leclaire Elementary is the winner of the Get to know m.e. campaign’s 2016 “Got Spirit” video contest.
Fred Bird presents a $5,000 check to Leclaire Elementary School students and Principal Cornelia Smith. Leclaire Elementary is the winner of the Get to know m.e. campaign’s 2016 “Got Spirit” video contest.

Students and staff at Leclaire Elementary School have $5,000 to spend.

They might use it for playground equipment or technology for their school. But another idea is to put it into their Leclaire Loves fund, which is used to help families experiencing tragedies like house fires and deaths, according to Principal Cornelia Smith.

“We want the money to benefit as many people and programs as possible,” Smith said.

The Edwardsville school won the money in a recent contest. Students from across the metro-east submitted 26 videos that displayed their school spirit to the “Get to know m.e. campaign,” and community members voted online for their favorites.

Leclaire Elementary School’s video showed students and staff dancing to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” It received 3,424 votes.

Smith described the experience as “more than than we could have imagined.”

“... It provided a great opportunity for our school family to work together on an amazing project,” Smith said.

The $5,000 check was delivered to the school by Fred Bird, the St. Louis Cardinals’ mascot, on Friday.

Watch the winning video online at get2knowthemetroeast.com.

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