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Posted: Saturday, September 10, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:55 am, Sat Sep 10, 2011.

Opening an afterschool university for elementary students at Vinewood, buying iPads for classrooms at Lockeford School, and updating playground equipment at Joe Serna Jr. Charter School. Those are among the ideas Lodi Unified School District schools have posted for a chance to win $5,000 in an online voting contest from Raley's.

Online voting kicked off this week for Raley's Reach program to provide $25,000 in grants to five regional K-12 schools.

The program is a partnership of West Sacramento-based Raley's and consumer products giant Unilever.

From Aug. 17 to last Friday, Northern California/Nevada PTAs, booster clubs, parents and residents nominated schools to receive grants. In sum, six Lodi Unified schools are on the list.

In addition to the ones above, Lodi High is seeking support for a recycling program, and both Lawrence and Elkhorn elementary schools desire money for field trips.

Liberty Ranch High School in Galt has two ideas posted.

Through Sept. 23, votes can be cast online for the nominated schools. Greater Sacramento, with 54 nominations, is one of five regions that will receive grants.

The winners, each receiving $5,000, will be announced Sept. 30. Voting can be done at www.raleys.com/reach.

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