Despite the dog-eat-dog climate for which the business world is notorious, Pet’s Discount owner Dan McDougal has launched a campaign that provides Hawaii schools much-needed funds for something even more valuable - supplies.
“Every time money gets tight, the first place the state seems to go is to the schools. Pencils, pens, paper, books - teachers take this out of their pockets. It’s insanity,” says McDougal, a doting parent himself to 11-year-old Madeline and 10-year-old Colin. “We’re a Hawaii corporation, and it affects all my employees. At least half have kids in school. I just figured it’s a no-brainer.”
The first two schools to benefit from the local and largest pet-store retailer’s generosity were Kalakaua Middle and Pearl City High schools, which earned themselves more than $800 and $600, respectively, taken from 10 percent of the profits made during a day’s hard work at their neighborhood Pet’s Discount locations.
“We adopt a school for a day on a weekend, because that’s our busiest day. What we try to do is have the students participate,” McDougal explains with a grin. “We want the kids to come and be a part of it. We figure it’s a win-win thing: They’ll get their parents involved, they’ll be out there going ‘rah, rah,’ and whatever the total is from the day, we just cut them a check and it goes directly to the school. They get all the proceeds.”
He hopes to hold these collaborations once a month. Those interested should visit their local Pet’s Discount or go online to www.petsdiscount.com for more information.
“This is going to be an ongoing thing with public and private schools, wherever we can help,” he says, adding that Pet’s Discount also donates to local animal charities as well as worldwide organizations. “If every local business does something - it can be anything, pick a project - we’ll have a lot fewer problems.”
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