Kohl’s Department Stores is giving people a chance to decide which 20 schools across the nation will each receive grants worth half a million dollars. All public and private elementary, middle and high schools that meet contest criteria are eligible. The winners will be picked through a Facebook contest, in which people can nominate schools and cast votes.

To collect the money, officials from the top 20 vote-getting schools will have to submit applications outlining how the funds will be used to support educational programs. Possibilities include creating a computer lab, starting an art program or saving a music program.

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