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Hy-Vee Donates More Than 100,000 to Schools

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--It's a major donation for area schools.

Cedar Rapids and Marion Hy-Vee Food and Drugstores donated more than 100,000 dollars today.

93 schools participated in a Cash 4 Students fundraiser by collecting and totaling Hy-Vee receipts during the 2013-2014 school year.

From the hundreds to the thousands, that's how much each of these checks are worth.

"This is a tremendous program for our school because we have a very tight budget. We don't want to raise tuition more than it already is so this is a huge help, said Jodi Jonasson, of Trinity Lutheran School.

Folks at Trinity Lutheran School are leaving with the biggest pay check. More than five thousand dollars, all thanks to collecting receipts.

"The collecting of the receipts is really pretty easy because we have a good support system. Area Lutheran Churches that collect for us. We just have to go around and gather up their receipts every week, said Jonasson.

"A million they broke a million dollars worth of receipts that they saved, said Kristy Staker, Hy-Vee Communication Relations Coordinator.

It begins at any Cedar Rapids or Marion Hy-Vee food or drugstore. Shoppers save their receipts then hand them over to their schools.

"They have all the receipts and you add them up. So for a 200 dollar receipt they would get a dollar, said Staker.

After totaling it all, 93 schools are leaving with more than 100,000 dollars.

Local Hy-Vee leaders say the donation is their way of saying thanks.

"They're supporting us by shopping our stores. We're likewise very happy to give back to them, said Staker.

The schools can use the money for whatever they see fit.

"I know what we're going to use it for is integrating our technology so it's going to be really fun, said Deidre Hamlett of St. Joseph Catholic School.

"Thank you Hyvee, we appreciate it, Jonasson said.

This is the second year of the Hy-Vee Cash 4 students Program. Hy-vee donated more than 68-thousand last year. Receipts collecting for next school year has already begun.

 
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