Every year, the students at Grand Prairie Elementary School, Chelsea Intermediate School and Hickory Creek Middle School compete to raise the most money for their schools in the District 157-C Education Foundation sponsored annual coin drive.
This year, local businesses are participating in the drive as well, placing donation cans next to their registers so community members can readily give back.
“Watching the community support us is a beautiful thing,” said Laurie Nicholson, a member of the Education Foundation and organizer of the coin drive.
More than 20 businesses are partnering with the volunteer-run independent nonprofit. On Oct. 20-21, foundation volunteers will collect coins in front of area stores, including Jewel Osco and Walgreens.
“We really love Frankfort and we want to do anything we can to help,” said Olivia Colanto, a manager at participating business Smokey Barque.
The money raised will fund teacher written classroom grants for projects and materials across the curricular spectrum.
Last year’s coin drive raised $4,893. The foundation hopes to exceed that amount by the time the drive ends on Oct. 26.
For a full list of participating businesses, visit the District 157-C Education Foundation website.
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