This Lake Worth resident needs your vote…but for what?

South Grade Elementary school teacher Rebecca Hinson is hoping to win a $25,000 grant for her small book publishing business. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH — The elections may be over, but they’re not for Rebecca Hinson.

No, she’s not running for office. But the South Grade Elementary school teacher is trying to win a $25,000 grant in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, a program that awards ten small businesses with grants of up to $25,000.

Hinson, owns and operates a small Lake Worth publishing company that prints a series of children’s books Hinson wrote and which are aimed at celebrating diverse cultures. She uses the books as a teaching tool.

The books have covered Guatemala, Haiti, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States. The subjects range from Mayan backstrap weaving to the art of Haiti to the Emancipation Proclamation.

“This grant will go a long way in helping my business,” Hinson said.

One winner gets $25,000. The second place winner receives $15,000. There will be eight $7,500 grant winners.

Voting ends April 5.

The top 100 finalists will be announced April 13, with the winners revealed April 25.

To get more information or vote, click here.