By Brian Cameron
With a beneficial service that provides Neah-Kah-Nie schools with much needed financial aid, customers of the Nehalem RTI telephone service automatically donate 1 cent toward local students on behalf of the regional communications service.
The “Penny for Schools” program has been going strong since 2002 and if its long running history is any indicator it shows no showing of slowing any time soon.
Here’s how the program works, for every long-distance call customers of Nehalem RTI make the company will donate 1 cent toward local schools. Classically the funds are distributed amongst Nehalem Elementary School, Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School and Neah-Kah-Nie High School. The funds go into helping make the experience at the schools a better one for area youngsters.
Everything from field trips, assemblies and even extracurricular activities are all benefits of the funds as the yearly donation provides.
“We are looking to spread the wealth when we get it,” said Neah-Kah-Nie High School Principal Heidi Buckmaster. “We try and spread it around to support as many programs as we can.”
More than feeding into the school’s administration it seems the student body themselves want to take advantage of it as well by means of health-based education, and the FBLA and NOSB need monies as well.
To date the Penny For Schools program has donated a total of $32,882 since 2002 and this year alone Nehalem RTI have donated $600 for each of the three recipient schools in 2016.
“We do hope the program continues into the future,” Buckmaster said. “We are taking staff suggestions as to how to use the funds but I think its safe to say regardless of where it will go it will definitely serve to help our students.”