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Annawan Grade School brings in 196k votes, wins Imagine the Amazing Contest through UnityPoint Health

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Published: Oct. 9, 2018 at 12:07 PM CDT
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Thousands of schools were given the chance to "Imagine the Amazing" and win $25,000 in a back-to-school, online voting contest.

In a press release released from UnityPoint Health, officials say that money went to Annawan Grade School in Annawan, Illinois.

"UnityPoint Health gave thousands of schools the chance to Imagine the Amazing and win $25,000 in a back-to-school, online voting contest. One school rose above the rest. Annawan Grade School in Annawan, IL from the Quad Cities region rallied supporters to bring in just over 196,000 votes in just the 2-week span of the contest.

“Winning this contest shows the incredible support we have in our community for our kids. I have so much gratitude for all those who helped organize and publicize and, of course, all those who took time to vote. We’re so thankful to UnityPoint Health for investing in the future of our community and kids. The money will be used to create a new and safe playground for all our current and future students to enjoy,” Wayne Brau, Annawan Grade School principal expressed.

Annawan Grade School will receive a special celebration at an assembly on October 23. Details of the celebration are still being determined.

Three other schools from the Quad Cities region: Louisa-Muscatine High School of Letts, IA, Jordan Catholic School of Rock Island, IL, and Seton Catholic School of Moline, IL, have been named runner-up winners in the online voting contest. The schools rallied a combined total of 169,706 votes in the 2-week span of the contest, which ended on September 30.

Seven additional schools won runner-up prizes of $1,000. They include:

• Don Bosco H.S., Gilbertville, IA

• South Tama County H.S., Tama, IA

• Immaculate Conception School, Charles City, IA

• Nuestro Mundo, Monona, WI

• Highland Elementary, Riverside, IA

• Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Elementary, Harley, IA

• Mt Olive Lutheran School, Des Moines, IA

The Imagine the Amazing online voting contest ran from September 17 through September 30. In all, over 1.6 million votes were cast throughout the duration of the contest. More than 2,600 K-12 nonprofit schools within the 99 counties of Iowa and the primary counties served by UnityPoint Health in Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin were eligible to participate.

“At UnityPoint Health, we know every school has a need and every kid has a dream,” Rick Seidler, UnityPoint Health – Trinity President & CEO says. “I hope this prize will help make a positive change to help students achieve something they never thought possible. Kids are our future, and UnityPoint Health is dedicated to helping them and this entire community do amazing things.”"