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Contact:  March 22, 2013
Diana Jackin
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Texting Contest to Raise Thousands for Local Schools Cherry Avenue Auction will give away a total of $12,000 to top three schools receiving the most votes

Sending a simple text could help earn thousands of dollars for your favorite Fresno County high school.  Beginning on Monday, April 1st at 6am, a texting contest will allow people to vote for a Fresno County high school to win a large cash donation. To participate, simply text “SCHOOL” to the number 58124 and you’ll then receive a text back asking you for the name of the specific school you want to vote for.  Cherry Avenue Auction will give a cash donation to the top three high schools receiving the most text votes, with 1st place receiving $8,000, 2nd place receiving $3,000, and 3rd place receiving $1,000.
A total of 34 high schools in 19 Fresno County school districts will be included in the program, covering all high schools in Fresno Unified, Clovis Unified, Central Unified, Kings Canyon Unified, Caruthers Unified, Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified, Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified, Fowler Unified, Golden Plains Unified, Kerman Unified, Kingsburg Joint Union High, Laton Unified, Mendota Unified, Parlier Unified, Riverdale Unified, Sanger Unified, Selma Unified, Sierra Unified, and Washington Union Unified School Districts.
“As the father of three young girls, I know how important school funding is, and I also know how much people love to text!” said Neil Burson, Co-Owner of Cherry Avenue Auction.  “Last year’s school fundraising contest focused on the elementary schools and Facebook as a voting mechanism, and this year we thought we’d try something different.  We wanted to give local high schools a chance to earn much needed money to fund important programs, and texting is an easy way for people to vote.”
“Fresno County high schools serve over 50,000 students and each could benefit from these funds to enhance their learning experiences,” said Dr. Michele Copher, Educational Services Administrator for the Fresno County Office of Education.  “This is an opportunity for students, parents, and community members to get involved and support their local high schools.  Last year Orange Center Elementary, one of the smallest schools in rural Fresno County, took home the biggest prize so it’s really about motivating everyone to help get their votes in.”
 The contest will run from April 1st at 6am until April 15th at 6pm.   The votes will then be tallied and ranked, and the winning schools will be announced.  People will be able to follow the progress of their school’s voting tallies on Cherry Avenue Auction’s Facebook page.
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