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Southern IL school places second in contest



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BENLD, Ill. (AP) -- A southern Illinois school district's efforts to rebuild an elementary school damaged when an abandoned underground coal mine gave way could get a big boost from its second-place finish in a national contest.

A plan by boosters for a new Benld Elementary School in Macoupin County finished runner-up in Pepsi's "Refresh Project" campaign, which gives up to $1.3 million a month to finance community-improving projects.

The top two finishers in the contest that closed last Friday night get $250,000 apiece, if their proposals pass a detailed review by Pepsi. The top vote-getter was a cancer research foundation from Pennsylvania.

The students in the affected Benld school are using classrooms in other district buildings.

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