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Robert Morris Elementary is inching closer to their goal: a $50,000 grant towards a new playground.

Last night, teachers stood out in the cold for five-and-a-half hours, holding signs and soliciting online votes in their bid to win the Pepsi Refresh grant competition. Passersby by were urged to stop and head into the school's main computer lab, where assistants could help them vote for Robert Morris.

Principal Diane Bonarigo says the cold camp-out was a huge success.

"Teachers and parents and our students came out - we had a great turnout," says Bonarigo. "Lots of people came into the building and voted. Over three-hundred votes came in last night, and it really made a huge difference. We moved up and went from a ranking of seventeenth to sixteenth. So, we're getting there!"

Robert Morris has two weeks left to get into the top ten nationwide. Bonarigo says they started the competition in 400th place – just need that final community push to go from 16th into the top ten.

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