Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s is kicking off its in-store giving campaign to support back-to-school season for children.
Through Sept. 5, customers can round up their purchases each time they visit a Casey’s store and join the cause. It has raised $3 million for students, families and educators since 2020.
“Learning is the foundation to sparking curiosity and creating brighter futures for kids. Through our Cash for Classrooms program, we’re helping bring meaningful projects and innovative initiatives to life in Casey’s communities now and for years to come,” said Katie Petru, director of communications and community at Casey’s.
“With the generosity of Casey’s guests each year at the register and our partnership with LIFEWTR, we fuel our mission to help improve the lives of students and educators in our local communities.”
Casey’s, together with its guests and LIFEWTR, have raised $1 million annually in the last three years, awarding grants to more than 250 schools across its 16-state footprint. In 2022, 79 grants were awarded to K-12 public and nonprofit, private schools in 75 Casey’s communities.
The funding priorities through the program include projects supporting physical improvements, material needs, teacher support and community engagement initiatives in Casey’s communities.
Casey’s Cash for Classroom grants help drive positive change, including:
- Better reading resources: St. Francis Area Schools in Minnesota received a $10,000 grant to provide take-home decodable books to foster enthusiasm and develop better reading skills for its students.
- Building foundations with modern technology: Athens Community School District in Illinois received $20,000 to provide their fourth-grade students with new smartboards, helping their students build foundational skills for life-long technological literacy.
- Making enrichment and learning accessible: Bonnie Grimes Elementary School in Arkansas received a $50,000 grant to purchase and install an all-inclusive, ADA accessible playground, giving students of all abilities the opportunity to interact and play with their peers at school.
- Expanding minds and facilities: Riverfield Country Day School in Oklahoma received a $10,000 grant to expand and better facilities for their arts and athletics programs, meeting the needs of its growing student population.
The 2023 grant application opens in October and is available here.
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