From the arboretum to the zoo, students at six Dallas ISD schools will enjoy a variety of field trips this school year thanks to a donation from a locally owned grocery store.
Representatives from Elrod’s Cost Plus Supermarket, which has five locations in the DFW area, presented a check for $27,284 to Dallas ISD on Sept. 24. Julia Johnson, Elrod’s marketing manager, said the donation to the Dallas ISD Field Trip fund was a way to give back to the neighbors who shop at the grocery store.
“We think it’s important to support the families that both work and shop with us,” she said.
Elrod’s Cost Plus Supermarket set up its Dallas ISD Field Trip Fund after a teacher from W.A. Blair Elementary School contacted them. The teacher asked Elrod’s about potentially donating hot dogs for a fundraiser at the school. After talking with the teacher, Julia Johnson, Elrod’s marketing manager, said the family owned grocery chain decided to go a step further and set up a donation fund to help finance Dallas ISD field trips.
Customers at Elrod’s were able to contribute to the Field Trip Fund when they purchase their groceries at the store over the summer. Meanwhile, Elrod’s solicited donations from companies—Riol Color, AlEn, MoneyGram, Wrigley, P&G, General Mills, Mazola, Nestle, and La Huerta participated—to contribute to the fund.
“This is an opportunity for students not to just learn in the classroom or from a textbook, but to go out and see how what they are learning is applied in the real world,” John Ireland Elementary School Principal Kimberly Dillard said. “We are very thankful.”
Click here to learn more about the Field Trip Fund.