Hy-Vee distributes funds to local schools through first Cash for Students program By: David Lias
Plain Talk When Ron Avery, store manager of the Hy-Vee in Vermillion, first announced the storeâ�?�?s Cash for Students program last Septemb er, he couldnâ�?�?t imagine the outcome. Vermillionâ�?�?s Hy-Vee shoppers helped raised $7,680.10 for area schools. â�?�?I was pleasantly surprised,â�? Avery said, as he, local educators, and students from the schools and agencies that received funds gathered Tuesday morning in the Hy-Vee store. â�?�?When we first announced this program last September, I set aside $5,000, not knowing how well this would go in the first year.â�? Avery was more than happy to distribute nearly $3,000 more to local schools than his original estimate. From Sept. 1 to April 30, for every $200 of products purchased at the Vermillion Hy-Vee store, $1 was donated to local schools. Students and parents dropped yellow receipts from their purchases at the Vermillion Hy-Vee store in drop boxes at the participating schools: Vermillion High School, Vermillion Middle School, Jolley Elementary School, Austin Elementary School and St. Agnes Catholic School. Trinity Lutheran Pre-School and the Center for Children and Familes, both of Vermillion, were also designated as recipients of the Cash for Students program, as was the elementary and high schools in both Newcastle, NE, and the Gayville-Volin School District. The performance during the run of the Cash for Schools program by some students and parents was phenomenal. â�?�?Two schools that collected the most each received a $500 bonus,â�? Avery said. â�?�?St. Agnes School collected over $300,000 in receipts and received a $500 bonus. Jolley Elementary followed with $275,000 in receipts, and also received a $500 bonus.â�? Avery is confident that all of the recipients of the Cash for Students program will put the funds to good use. â�?�?Hy-Vee feels very strongly about supporting the community and about supporting the school systems in our communies,â�? he said. â�?�?The students are our future leaders in our community, and also the future helpful smiles in the aisles of Hy-Vee. Thatâ�?�?s why Hy-Vee is proud to support our area schools.â�?