Students in Lester Elementary School will have a new inclusive playground providing accessible equipment to children of all abilities and developmental levels, thanks in part to Yorktown Center and its generous School Bucks program. The program allows community members to give back to local schools each time they visit the popular shopping and dining destination. Yorktown Center invites local residents and schools to participate in the 2nd annual and expanded School Bucks program for 2017-18, this year featuring even more store and restaurant partners.
“We were beyond thrilled to be awarded 1st place in the Yorktown Center School Bucks Program,” said Carin Novak, Lester Elementary School Principal. “The $8,000 prize spring boarded our capital campaign to build a new inclusive playground. We are thankful to our wonderful Lester Community for coming together in the spirit of the children and to Yorktown for providing this amazing program for our school and the community.”
How it works: Yorktown Center School Bucks program awards shoppers based on each dollar spent on merchandise, food and services at any Yorktown Center store or restaurant as well as offers “bonus points” throughout the year. After shopping and dining, your school’s family and friends can show their Yorktown Center receipts at the Guest Services desk (located on the Lower Level, below The Eatery and near Von Maur) to accumulate points. Shoppers must specify which participating school to allocate the points to. The schools with the most points at the end of the year are awarded a portion of the $20,000.
With the funds presented, schools are able to purchase new technologies, band instruments, arts program tools, sports equipment and more.
“Our primary goal is to give back to our community in a meaningful way,” said Todd Hiepler, Yorktown Center General Manager. “By choosing the local educational system as our platform, we get to see direct results from our donations implemented into the schools that contribute to the future well-being of the communities that support Yorktown Center. We have already received positive feedback from the participating schools. We hope to grow the School Bucks program next year to further reward our loyal, local shoppers and enhance the students’ educational experiences.”
Other 2016-17 Top Five Winning Schools included Montini Catholic High School, Henry Puffer Elementary School, Herrick Middle School and Belle Aire Elementary School.
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