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Whether it’s buying Honeycrisp organic apples, hardback books, a candle-lit dinner, or even a new Chevrolet, Oregonians are finding new ways to subsidize their cash-strapped schools.
That’s because an increasing number of local businesses, concerned about education funding problems and the state’s languishing economy, are holding school donation drives and offering customer incentives to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for schools.
The 16-branch Ron Tonkin car dealership, for example, is donating $25 for every new or used car sold between Labor Day and Thanksgiving to 32 public school foundations. The “Drive for Schools” program is well on its way to its $100,000 goal, said Brad E. Tonkin, a vice president…READ MORE
…Dining for Districts is another program that enlists restaurant owners to raise money for their communities. On the first Tuesday of every month, participating restaurants donate ten percent of their sales to the school district of the diner’s choice. The program was started in February of 2003 by KINK radio’s Cheri Roberts, and is sponsored by Sterling Savings Bank. According to Roberts, Dining for Districts raised $26,000 for schools in the Portland area and Southwest Washington in its first year; $11,000 of that went to the Portland district.
Roberts says she started the program after enrolling her kids in the Tigard-Tualatin District and learning how few elective classes were offered.
“There was a need,” Roberts says. “The need wasn’t just from the schools. Businesses are struggling as well. I wanted to give the restaurants the chance to do something good and benefit from it, too.” READ MORE