WORTHINGTON — HyVee of Worthington and The Globe are teaming up to help provide local students with the supplies they need to have a successful school year.
From Aug. 1-31, HyVee shoppers will have the opportunity to round up their grocery bill to the nearest dollar, with the RoundUP funds distributed to schools in Worthington — District 518 schools as well as Worthington Christian School and St. Mary’s.
“The Globe is so excited to launch this RoundUP program with HyVee,” said Advertising Director Roberta Fultz. “School supplies can get expensive, as all parents know — especially parents of more than one child. Having the supplies to learn and engage in class can make all the difference for students.
“We also know local teachers who buy school supplies for their students. If their kids don’t bring school supplies, they’ll dip into their own paychecks to make sure their students are equipped for class,” Fultz added. “This is our attempt to lift a little of the burden, and come together as a community as we head into a new school year.”
Worthington HyVee Manager Dustin Hahn said he was excited about the idea and quickly shared it with other stores in the region, so that they may also do a RoundUP for their schools.
“We do these all the time (for different organizations),” Hahn said. “It’s an easy fundraiser to do, and this is keeping it local.”
Past opportunities to donate to a specific cause have netted local organizations anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, Hahn shared, adding that the success of the RoundUP depends on customers’ willingness to help out local school children.
“Hopefully this will help students have the school supplies they need to have a successful school year,” he added.
Prairie Elementary Principal Heidi Meyer said she hopes to involve school counselors and teachers in determining how the RoundUP funds will be spent.
“I was excited to hear that The Globe and HyVee are providing this opportunity to benefit our students and families,” Meyer said. “Every year our teachers and counselors do a lot to ensure that our school supply lists aren’t creating a financial burden for families. These supply lists contain important items that are necessary for learning; but the items can be costly — especially if you have multiple students in school.
“This community movement will provide additional resources to be able to meet student needs,” she shared. “We are always so grateful for our community-minded businesses and the support they give our school district. This is another great example of working together to help those in need.”
Added Fultz, “We're thrilled to support education and families in our community!”