The Granite Education Foundation received two $10,000 checks Tuesday to enrich student programs.
Garff Enterprises donated the first $10,000 and Jim and Mary Ann White matched the contribution. White is general manager of the automotive sales company.The company also offered to donate $100 to the district school of choice for any district employee or parent resident who purchases an automobile. Purchasers in those categories will be expected to alert a Garff salesman, the information will be verified and $100 will be donated for each sale, White said.
White, finance chairman for the non-profit school foundation, hopes to acquire $1 million in donations to the district over this year.
The Whites specified that their donation be used to supplement a district self-esteem enhancement program for children in the early grades. Garff Enterprises was making its second $10,000 grant to the foundation. The company also will use some of its advertising money for student scholarships, he said.
White said the interest was first generated by an appeal from an Orchard Elementary School teacher, Lilia Eskelsen, who asked for support for the school's computer program. Eskelsen was named Teacher of the Year for Granite District earlier this year.
Foundation Chairwoman Miriam Farnsworth accepted the check from the Garff company, and Arbra Johnson, district PTA president, accepted the Whites' donation on behalf of the PTA-sponsored self-esteem program.
District Superintendent Loren Burton said the donations represent a concerted effort by the district to "join hands with business" for the betterment of education.