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.

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