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School and business collaborate to donate batteries

Written on April 11th, 2007

Larger corporation inspired to get involved

Members of Clinton and District Christian School are planning to collaborate with a local business, Microage Basics, to donate batteries to community-members for use in their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors. The batteries will be donated to people visiting the local Clinton Food Bank as well as others who might need them, says Angela Kaptein, office administrator at the school. The purpose is to perform a small act of kindness for people, as well as raise awareness about the Clinton school.

John Peet, president of the Microage store in Goderich, Ontario, says he has been involved with Christian schools for years. Both he and his children graduated from Christian schools and his business has supported the Clinton school in a number of projects over the years.

“We have a soft spot for Christian education, having been involved in it ourselves,” he says. “We’ve been long-term supporters … We understand their shortcomings in terms of finances so we try to do what we can for them.”

Microage plans to donate the batteries to Clinton Christian School free of charge. Students and staff will distribute them to community-members with an attached note referring to the school.

Others have been already been inspired by the proposed generosity of the school and business, says Kaptein.

When Microage contacted the Proctor and Gamble, division Duracell about the project, Duracell representatives said they would look into donating the batteries to Microage, to be given to community-members. “Apparently they said, ‘We can hardly ask you to pay for something that you’ll be giving away’,” says Kaptein.

Duracell has a strong corporate citizenship focus, according to its Web site. Duracell employees are encouraged to offer their time and caring to a cause in which they believe. Employee Advisory Groups decide how the resources available could be used to help out the local communities.