More than 35 restaurants and stores will donate 15 percent of purchases to a school of their choice during the Shop 4 Schools event. Retailers will donate the percentage between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and restaurants will donate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Susan Negen, president of the Spring Lake Schools Foundation, said the group tried thinking of ways to raise money for local schools while getting community members involved.
“The more people we can get to shop locally, the better for everyone,” she said.
From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, school choirs and bands will perform holiday songs on the sidewalks of downtown Grand Haven. High school students will offer free gift-wrapping at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, and school administrators will hand out hot chocolate and treats.
Washington Avenue won’t be blocked off, so shoppers will have access to all of the parking.
When shoppers check out, Negen recommends they inform the clerk they would like to donate for Shop 4 Schools. She said shoppers will have to check with store owners if they want to split their donation with more than one school.
To read more of this story, and see a list of participating schools and businesses, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.