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Hy-Vee presents gift of new technology to CMS

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cherokee Hy-Vee Store Manager Tim Haupert, left, along with Manger of Store Operations Curtis Bortell, proudly presented a new SMART Board, an interactive whiteboard, to the Cherokee Middle School on Friday. (photo) Haupert also presented Cherokee Middle School student Christian Vandelune with a new MacBook computer, as part of Hy-Vee's SMART Points promotion. Photo by Mike Leckband
Officials from Cherokee Hy-Vee presented a $1,500 SMART Board™ (interactive whiteboard) to the Cherokee Middle School during a gathering at the school on Friday January 14.

The Cherokee Middle School is one of more than 200 schools throughout the Midwest receiving the innovative technology tools this year through Hy-Vee's SMART Points promotion, which ran from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. During the promotional period, shoppers who purchased Procter & Gamble and Sara Lee products at Hy-Vee earned points that could be designated to the schools of their choice.

The Cherokee Middle School achieved the highest average points score in its region to earn the SMART Board. In addition, the Cherokee Middle School student with the most points designated on his or her behalf received a MacBook computer during Friday's presentation. The lucky student who received a new MacBook computer was Christian Vandelune.

"When schools and businesses work together to provide learning opportunities for students, everyone in the community wins," said Tim Haupert of the Cherokee Hy-Vee. "We want to thank two of our great supplier partners, Proctor & Gamble and Sara Lee, and all our customers for making this donation possible."

Hy-Vee's Smiles For Education program, launched in 2005 as part of the company's 75th anniversary celebration, has proven to be one of Hy-Vee's most popular community outreach efforts. Now in its sixth year, the program has awarded more than $3 million worth of Smart Boards, computers and cash prizes to hundreds of schools throughout Hy-Vee's eight-state operating area. Over $20,000 has been awarded to schools in the Cherokee Hy-Vee operating area.

The Smart Board interactive whiteboard functions as an oversized touch-sensitive computer display. Using a special pen, a finger or virtually any object, users can control computer applications, write notes, pull up charts and images, erase or rearrange objects on screen, search the Internet, play videos and save work. The board comes with special Smart Notebook software that enables users to create customized lessons, presentations and learning activities and save them for future use.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 232 retail stores in eight Midwestern states. For fiscal year 2010 the company recorded total sales of $6.9 billion, ranking it among the top 30 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. For more information on how Hy-Vee fulfills its mission of making lives easier, healthier and happier, visit the company's website at www.hy-vee.com.

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