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Where we live: Depew


With just a few clicks, Depew residents could help one of their schools win $20,000.

Cayuga Heights Elementary School is the only school in the state involved in the Big Lots Lots2Give program, which will award prizes to schools that receive the most online votes between now and next Sunday. Representatives of the district said that if the school wins the $20,000 first prize, the funds would be used to purchase books for the at-home independent reading program.

Cayuga Heights submitted a video and essay describing why the school is in need of financial support, stating that it needs both fiction and nonfiction books.

“Many of the school’s materials are either outdated or are lacking in complexity to support the changing curriculum,” representatives stated in the essay. “With a student population of 44 percent poverty level, students would benefit from reading materials to take home to support the home-school reading connection. This independent reading at home aids students in achieving academic success and nurtures a love of reading.”

Schools were selected to participate in the Big Lots Lots2Give Program based on geographic location and level of need as determined by Big Lots.

Residents may vote daily. To vote for Cayuga Heights, visit

In other district news, the Depew Board of Education will hold its annual reorganizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 9, in the cafeteria of the high school, 5201 Transit Road.

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