WORTHINGTON — During the month of August, shoppers raised $684.69 for school supplies by rounding up their grocery bills at Worthington’s Hy-Vee.
It was the project’s first year, but The Globe & Hy-Vee Worthington plan to revive the project in 2022.
“We didn’t have a lot of traffic at the start of August, so we made it a competition,” said Dustin Hahn, Hy-Vee’s manager. “We offered gift cards to employees who registered the highest RoundUp numbers. The cashiers were excited – people were changing shifts so they could work more and earn more for the RoundUp.
And the competition paid off. The top three RoundUp cashiers — Lauren Madison, Cristina Magana and Logan Neuenburg — were responsible for more than half of the total collected for Worthington students’ school supplies.
“Next year we will start the competition at the beginning of the month and we will raise the target,” Hahn said.
Roberta Fultz, Advertising Director at The Globe, was thrilled with the results.
“The Hy-Vee team learned more about the project, got motivated and did an amazing job,” Fultz said. “They raised most of the funds in the last week of August. I can’t wait to see what happens next year!
District 518 counselors coordinate most school supply purchases for individual students. Councilors Laurie Knudson and Maggie Gerdes, and social worker Angie Meyer, said they were grateful for the project.
“Even Wal-Mart is pretty sold out for regular school supplies right now,” Knudson said. “We are always evaluating which supplies our students have had the hardest time getting.
“We’ll be sharing photos of the school supplies we can purchase with these funds, so Worthington shoppers can see how their RoundUp funds have been used,” Meyer added.
Gerdes said she would like to extend the funds to winter equipment and supplies.
“After the first snow, we usually get a flurry of calls and emails from teachers saying, ‘This student has no boots, no coat, no gloves,'” Gerdes said. supplies with coats, hats and gloves, but if we don’t have one available, we’ll buy one.”