Craig Craig Safeway shoppers donated money to Moffat County schools from this past July to September, and they may not have known it.
During that time, Safeway held the Back to Schools donation drive in all its locations nationwide. Safeway will donate 10 percent from the sale of certain items to schools chosen by shoppers themselves.
Shoppers can take their receipts or their Safeway discount cards to any school, which will take a number either off the receipt or from the back of the discount card. People are not required to leave a discount card - just to give the number off the back.
The last day to turn in donation numbers is Saturday.
With a card, donation money has accrued since the beginning of the campaign. It would be a shame to let that money disappear, said Brec Ronis, Sunset Elementary secretary and fundraiser coordinator.
"It's money we can use for things for the kids," Ronis said. "They don't have to bring any money with them, it's free money. That money is just sitting there, and if it's not turned in, then that money is wasted."
Sunset has raised $4,173.55 from the program so far. The school plans to use the money for field trips and its positive behavior program, PAWS, which rewards 10 students every Friday for exemplary conduct.
This is the first year schools across Moffat County have taken advantage of the program. Schools have to sign up through a Web site, and in the past - at least for Sunset - the administration wasn't aware of the opportunity, Principal Zack Allen said.
After one year, Sunset intends to take full advantage going forward, he said.
"This has been extremely valuable," Allen said.
His school may even stop the annual door-to-door catalogue sales because this campaign is so much more effective and easy for the public.
"The schools get money that people already spent," Allen said. "It's a neat thing people aren't even aware is going on."
Safeway manager Chuck Sadvar is behind the programand said customers complimented the program as well.
"The latest comment I got was, 'Well, it's free money for the schools, and the schools need the money,'" Sadvar said.
Anyone wanting to turn in receipts or who shops at Safeway with a discount card can turn in collection numbers at any Moffat County school. Ronis said she would be willing to take donations Saturday if people were interested.
Collin Smith can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or firstname.lastname@example.org