Competition led by Spokane teachers raises more than $20,000 for SNAP Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. — For about a month, Spokane County educators have been raising money for SNAP Spokane through a fundraiser called Keep the Lights on. The competition ended earlier this month, and the group raised more than $20,000.

Two Spokane County educators started the competition in May. They said they wanted to do something that’d benefit the community, while also bringing a sense of rivalry back to the community that they lost because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They came up with Spokane County Educators ‘Keep the Lights On’ Spirit Competition.

The organizers initially set a goal of raising $50,000. The end of the competition was June 5. Keep the Lights On was a digital fundraiser. Money was donated by texting “LIGHTSON” to 71777.

The competition raised a total amount of $20,410. All the money goes to SNAP Spokane to benefit its energy assistance program.

The organizers thank the community for their participation and generosity. The two Lewis and Clark High School teachers who organized the competition said they were thinking of their students and how they wanted to contribute while they’re learning out of class. They said they knew how important electricity is to education during the pandemic.

The spirit competition invited all educators in Spokane County high schools and some elementary schools. Lewis and Clark High School raised the most money, $7,926. Mt. Spokane High School came in second and raised $2,569. Rogers High School came in third in the competition and raised $2,551.

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