How does it work? Ordinary customers simply buy something at the store, and at the end of the transaction get the opportunity to donate 5% of their pre-taxed purchase to the school of their choice.Then, come January, the donations are given to the schools on gift cards to use in the store for whatever they need.
Teachers mostly buy necessities for the classroom with their Bunny Bucks, such as paper supplies and books. However, it also enables them to spend the extra cash on FUN. Puppets are really popular with teachers. Art supplies, too, said Lynne Milot, owner of Grandrabbits Toy Shoppe. They get really excited for their gift cards in January.
Its a really popular way to give a little throughout the year that adds up to giving a lot, earning the approval of both parents and teachers in the area.
One year we had a school earn around $1,000 in Bunny Bucks! said Lynne.
Grandrabbits Toy Shoppe hopped into the giving spirit not long after opening in 1977. Since then, the Bunny Bucks program has grown, now serving more than 150 nearby pre-schools and grade schools. The Toy Shoppe has grown, too, and now has three locations in the Denver metro area.
What I really love about the program though," said Lynn,is when people come up to me and tell me how much they appreciate the program in their school. We've had letters from kids with thank you cards. It's a really meaningful affirmation that its appreciated.
Our goal, said Lynne, is to continue to stay an advocate and resource for public education.