Anyone with a Facebook page can use a new "Give with Target"
program to make a donation to any of the five Burnt
Hills-Ballston Lake schools at no cost to themselves.
Target's is just the latest in a number of corporate promotions that benefit our school district annually. While some parents and grandparents have been cutting off and saving their soup labels and cereal box tops for many years, today's corporate donation efforts are often linked to the internet, making participation easy for both the school and the shopper.
"Schools are under intense pressure to reduce the funding we get from taxes, so one area the BH-BL Board of Education wants to explore is more ways to tap into financial support from corporations," says BH-BL superintendent Patrick McGrath. "The school district is not promoting any particular store. But if anyone -- parents, staff, residents or their family members -- already patronizes a certain store, these programs can provide a way for them to donate to the school district at no cost to themselves."
Below are links to more detailed information on how you can participate.
Individual schools are eligible to receive up to $10,000 each
in gift cards from Target based on the number of electronic
"votes" they receive via Facebook between now and September 8.
For each 25 votes, the school will receive a $25 Target gift card. This promotion is open to anyone with a Facebook page. You do NOT need to go to an actual Target store to participate, but you do need to have a Facebook account.
How to participate: Go to https://givewith.target.com/ and look for the red "Find a school" bar. Type in a zip code and click on the school you want to vote for.
(Note: Pashley Elementary is listed under zip code 12302. You will find Charlton Heights Elementary, Francis Stevens Elementary and the BH-BL High School under zip code 12019, and the Richard O'Rourke Middle School under zip code 12027.)
You can only vote once a week, and the program says it will send you an email when you are eligible to vote again.
Maybe you are a Price Chopper shopper who signed up for Tools
for Schools years ago, but is your account still current??
Shopper can specify which school they want their Tools for Schools points to go to. Points are accrued based on how much you buy using your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card, and some purchases earn double points. Schools will receive a catalogue showing the free equipment that they can order using the points that were accumulated for them between July 29, 2012 and March 30, 2013.
How to participate: Go to http://www.pricechopper.com/savings/tools-for-schools to sign up, or check or change the school your points will go to. You will need to provide the ID number on the back of your AdvantageEdge card.
Each school has a 5-digit code number. Four of the BH-BL schools are listed under Saratoga County, as follows:
Charlton Heights Elementary # 15697
Francis L Stevens Elementary # 15698
Pashley Elementary # 15975
BH-BL High School # 15716
The Richard O'Rourke Middle School is listed under Schenectady County with code # 15715.
In 2011, Hannaford stores donated $780,000 to 2,800 K-12
schools across New York and New England through their "Hannaford
Helps Schools" program.
Details on the 2012 Hannaford Helps program are not yet available, but will be posted here on the Hannaford website when they are available.
In the past, Hannaford shoppers who purchased items on a lengthy list of specific products could earn cash for the school of their choice, money that was greatly appreciated by the BH-BL Schools.
Anyone with questions about any of these promotions should check the store's website or contact the store in question.