Passing the Standards of Learning Tests paid off for some students at Pulaski County High School.
At an assembly Thursday morning, 70 students won $100 each. The students had to pass at least one SOL test to be eligible for the Investments in Learning program. The names of winners were then drawn at random.
Even in a down economy, local businesses, churches, parents and even some school staff members, got together and came up with the money.
"We've lost a lot of business here over the past several years but our community has not stopped giving to kids and I think that speaks volumes about our community," Pulaski High School principal Michael Myers said.
Altogether, $7,000 was donated and then given away today. The principal says the idea works, and they may do it again next year.