Monroe elementary school wins $25,000 in contest

Waterloo Elementary won the grand prize as part of a Bridgestone Tires contest.

Bridgestone Tires named Waterloo Elementary, in Monroe, as the grand prize winner of its "Fuel the Cause" contest on Monday.

As a reward, the school will receive $25,000 to be used toward building a

new playground


Currently, Waterloo students have no place to play after its old playground equipment was removed for safety reasons.

"Congratulations to the students of Waterloo Elementary and thank you to everyone who participated in our contest. It's amazing what we can accomplish when we work together as One Team, One Planet," Bridgestone Americas' Vice President of Brand Management Erik Seidel said in a statement.

More than 376,000 votes were cast online for Waterloo Elementary school.

This was the first year Bridgestone held its "Fuel the Cause" contest.