Pella Chronicle

March 14, 2013

Local school, student are winners in Hy-Vee contest


The Pella Chronicle

---- — Peoria Christian Grade School is now the proud owner of a new SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard, thanks to the Hy-Vee SMART Points program.

More than 200 schools throughout the Midwest received the innovative technology tools this year through Hy-Vee’s SMART Points promotion, which ran from September 1 through November 30. During the promotional period, shoppers who purchased Procter & Gamble products at Hy-Vee earned points that could be designated to the schools of their choice. Peoria Christian Grade School achieved the highest average points score in its region to earn the $1,500 SMART Board. In addition, Bradley Vander Wilt, a fourth-grader at the school, won a 16GB iPad2 tablet for being the student with the most points designated on his behalf.

Scott Johnson, director of the Pella Hy-Vee, and other Hy-Vee officials visited Peoria Christian Grade School on Friday, March 1, to present the SMART Board and iPad.

“When schools and businesses are able to work together to provide learning opportunities for students, everyone in the community wins,” Johnson said. “We want to thank our great supplier partner, Procter & Gamble, and all our customers for making this donation possible.”

Hy-Vee’s SMART Points program launched in 2009. Now in its fourth year, SMART Points has awarded over $1 million in Smart Boards and iPads to hundreds of schools throughout Hy-Vee’s eight-state operating area.

“Schools throughout Hy-Vee’s territory have experienced budget cuts and lack funds needed for technology spending. The SMART Points competition is a way for Hv-Vee and our customers to help provide the much-needed technology to local schools,” said Erin Bailey, assistant vice president, communications for Hy-Vee, Inc. “SMART Boards are dynamic in the classroom and help teachers create an engaging learning environment for their students.”