Business owners donate to school

As business owners, J.B. and Paula Chapman get a lot of requests to contribute to school fundraisers.

There are students selling popcorn for one fundraiser, and candles for another.

So the owners of Chapman Automotive devised a plan to give to schools and to allow their customers to do the same.

This week, the couple donated $611.72 to the Moffat County High School Parent Accountability Committee. The donation was the first installment in the "Keep Education Rolling" program, a concept J.B. Chapman thought up earlier this year and which the school board unanimously approved.

Through the program, Chapman Automotive gives 2 percent of its annual revenues -- on a quarterly basis -- to parent accountability committees. The committees decide how to spend the funds.

Chapman Automotive customers choose the schools to which they want their contributions to go. But customers don't pay extra to contribute to the program.

"It's at no additional cost to the customer," Paula Chapman said. "We didn't raise our prices 2 percent."

Both Chapmans graduated from Mofatt County High School, and their two children attend local schools.

The Chapmans and school district officials say they encourage other businesses to participate in the program.

"J.B. and Paula Chapman should be commended for their contribution to education in Moffat County," said Moffat County High School Principal Jane Krogman. "Their support and dedication are an example of the community leadership that is so vital to maintaining a strong educational system and to improving education for our children."

The Moffat County High School Parent Accountability Committee is working to develop a process for teachers to request funds provided through the "Keep Education Rolling" sponsorship.

Parents interested in helping with the development of the procedure should attend the committee meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 2 in the high school's library.

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