An unprecedented number of Bronx businesses are participating in this year's Shop for Public Schools program. The Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID) and 15 stores have raised over $2,000 this year.
Caroline Kennedy, Vice Chair of the Fund for Public Schools, accepted a check from the BID on Friday.
The Shop for Public Schools program encourages businesses to donate to the Fund for Public Schools for school libraries across the city.
Business owners can participate in the Shop for Public Schools program in one of two ways: by giving a flat contribution, or by allocating a percentage of the sales revenue during the week of October 1 – 8. In order to boost contributions and because most Bronx retailers chose to make flat contributions, the BID matched contributions of up to $200 to the program.
Participating businesses included: Audio Town, Bx. Fashion, Call Me Wireless, Cohen's Gentle Dental, Conway, Emigrant Savings Bank, Fordham Road Jewelry Exchange, Gem Pawnbrokers, Kids World, Modell's Sporting Goods, Original Products, Planet Earth Communications, Top Concourse Electronics and Computers and Urban Eyes Optical.