Tiny School Wins Big Money By Using Facebook

By Marianne Martinez, CBS 11 News

LUCAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Lucas Christian Academy is a small school. The student enrollment is just 272, and the campus is nothing more than a handful of portable classrooms.

But, the teachers and students here know it’s the people inside the classrooms who make the difference.

“It’s small, but worth it when you get in. It’s a lot of fun,” said Colin Gilbreath, a fifth grader.

LCA took on a big challenge this summer and entered a contest sponsored by Kohl’s. The objective: to get the most votes on Facebook. The top 20 schools in the country would each receive $500,000.

“There were a lot of families that have never been on FB before,” said Jackie Gilbreath, a parent who helped organized the effort.

The LCA community reached out to college campuses all across the state, asking students to log on and vote. In the end, LCA came in second, with more than 150,000 votes.

Kohl’s presented the check to LCA Saturday afternoon.

“We’re thankful our community came together and we were able to work on this and see it all the way through,” Jackie said.

The money will go toward purchasing 16 acres of land, where a new, permanent school will be built. It will house classrooms, administrative offices and a gymnasium. Currently, the school rents out gym space for students and uses an old school bus as its locker room.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring, and the school could open as soon as Fall 2012.

“It’ll be nice to have our own space and a place to call home,” said Julie Montgomery, the school administrator.


One Comment

  1. Judy says:

    Thanks so much for helping LCA by getting the news out there when it was such a critical time! You helped our little Texas school have a chance to win. Thanks for also coming to our school today for our celebration!

  2. EB in GB says:

    Please!! coach your weather woman on appropriate wear. Naval silouhette’s are NEVER ok. Not on a good looking man, pretty lady or pregnant women. Loose and flowing beneath the bust — NOT tight and stretchy to show off the naval. Pregnant is OK, but not to the extenat that we viewers have to be constantly subjected to a woman’s naval. Don’t want to see hard men’s nipples either…it’s the same thing. Some things just need to be under clothing. Undershirts included.

  3. NJ says:

    EB in GB – looks like your comment is in the wrong category – it is entirely irrelevant to the article

    Kudos to LCS on a job well done – it’s nice to see an independent school achieve this kind of goal and reap the financial benefit! Keep up the good work!

  4. Teresa says:

    Thank you so much for the coverage on our school. It is greatly appreciated!

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