By Ben Stram
The Mason Times
The first Wednesday of each month during the school year, the city of Mason delivers a pizza promotion that helps shape the way its children develop.
The Mason Public Schools Foundation is a nonprofit fundraising organization established in 1984. The foundation committed to the Mason Technology Infusion Program, which provides technology for students in elementary school, middle school, and high school, to donate $30,000 per year for many years.
Local pizzerias donate $1 dollar per pizza to the foundation, which goes to supply students with technology in the classroom.
The foundation “has donated a minimum of $30,000 a year to the Mason Public Schools for the past seven years,” board member Lisa O’Connor said. “The funds are used in various ways, but most often to provide needed technology in the classrooms like Smart Boards, iPads and cameras.”
Board member Rita Vogel said that the foundation has been helping impact students for the last 25 years by coming up with events to raise money for the technology program.
“Annual dinners and silent auctions, raffles, donor solicitations and the 5K race have all been banner events,” Vogel said. “In addition to these foundation events, individuals are encouraged to donate with cash contributions, making annual pledges, donating securities, real estate, naming the foundation as beneficiary of a life insurance policy or offering their time to assist in foundation activities.”
These events, along with Mason Pizza Day, have helped the foundation reach that $30,000 threshold.
This school year, City Limits, Courthouse Pub, Darbs Tavern, Little Caesars, Zanos and Westside Deli are participating in Mason Pizza Day.
Westside Deli owner Kirt Lawrence, who sells around 25-30 pizzas on Mason Pizza Day, said that sales do improve but it’s hard to tell with the number of businesses that take part.
“Sales do go up a little on Wednesdays,” Lawrence said. “But it’s hard to tell because so many businesses around do it as well.”
“The Mason Public Schools Foundation is extremely appreciative of the participation by the local pizzerias,” O’Connor said. “They are truly supporters of Mason area youth and education. Area families can help support this effort simply by buying pizzas on the first Wednesday of every month from a participating restaurant.”
Vogel said the support throughout the town really allows Mason Pizza Day to be a success.
“We really couldn’t do it without the support of our local businesses,” Vogel said. “With the help from all of our families supporting each of our schools and giving mom and dad a night off from cooking, you can better your schools, and community by shopping local.”