Local school teams with retailer to obtain outdoor sports equipment

 

 

Canadian Tire sporting goods manager Sue Jones (left) and Amherstburg Public School teacher Margaret Hawkins show the goods the school was able to get after a fundraiser. The school raised $530 in Canadian Tire money with the local store matching it in sporting goods.

Canadian Tire sporting goods manager Sue Jones (left) and Amherstburg Public School teacher Margaret Hawkins show the goods the school was able to get after a fundraiser. The school raised $530 in Canadian Tire money with the local store matching it in sporting goods.

By Ron Giofu

 

When a teacher at Amherstburg Public School took note of the fact the school didn’t have as much outdoor sports equipment it needed, she turned to one of her neighbours for help.

As it turns out, her neighbour is the franchise owner of one of the town’s major retailer.

Margaret Hawkins turned to her neighbour Jeff Levy, franchise owner and associate dealer at the Canadian Tire store in Amherstburg, for help when she was looking to restock the elementary school’s outdoor sports equipment supply and Levy took her up on her request.

“We needed some more equipment for outside,” Hawkins explained, adding they can’t use the same equipment that is used in the gymnasium.

The request turned into a school-wide fundraiser where students brought in Canadian Tire money with Levy agreeing to match whatever the kids raised in sporting goods. Vice principal John Hoy revealed to the student body at a Friday afternoon assembly the school raised $530 in Canadian Tire money with Levy’s matching donation translating into $1,060 worth of new balls and other sporting goods for the school.

“The kids worked really hard,” said Hawkins. “In three weeks, they brought in more than $500.”
Hawkins also praised Levy, stating he is regularly helping the community in various ways.

“He’s a family man,” added Sue Jones, sporting goods manager at the Amherstburg Canadian Tire store. “He knows sports are important. He knows how important it is to stay active and stay healthy.”

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