JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The Joplin High School vocal music department has won $25,000 through the national contest.

The Joplin Globe reports that the department received more than 5,000 online votes in the “Give Glee A Note” contest for music programs that are struggling financially.

The Joplin singers received more than 5,000 votes online. Choir director Eric Eichenberger said in a press release they plan to use the money for music, equipment and performance attire.

Three grand-prize winners received $50,000 for their school’s music program. There were 10 first-place winners, including Joplin, which won $25,000, and 60 schools won $10,000.

The contest was sponsored by Twentieth Century Fox Television, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and the National Association of Music Education and is named after the T.V. show “Glee.”

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