Area schools now have the opportunity to win $500,000 from Kohl’s Cares for Kids.

Area schools now have the opportunity to win $500,000 from Kohl’s Cares for Kids.

In celebration of Kohl’s Cares 10th anniversary, the company is donating $500,000 each to 20 schools in the United States. Kohl’s Cares is a philanthropic program that supports children’s health and education issues.

The goal of the anniversary program is to inspire students and community members to dream about what their school could do with half a million dollars.

“As kids and parents think about the new school year, we want everyone to dream big about how half a million dollars could impact their favorite school,” said Julie Gardner, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Kohl‘s in a press release. “We believe that when communities thrive so does business. We feel so strongly about this program and the positive effect it could have that we have made it the cornerstone of the company’s Back-to-School campaign.”

The $10 million donation comes from the Kohl’s Cares merchandise program. This program sells special merchandise, including plush toys and books in Kohl‘s stores. One hundred percent of the net profit benefit’s the program’s initiatives throughout the United States.

During the contest, Kohl’s Facebook fans can vote for public or private schools that serve students K-12. To vote for a school, visit www.facebook.com/kohls and select the Kohl‘s Cares tab. Fans can submit their ideas for what their school could do with $500,000.

A winning school must have at least one submission. Fans can vote up to 20 times for their favorite school, with a maximum of five votes for any individual school.

The top 20 vote-getting schools that meet contest criteria and have school officials provide information as to how the funds will be used, will win $500,000 each. Voting ends Sept. 3 and schools will be notified in late September.