“Wal-Mart employees volunteer their time in the classrooms at East Park and provide incentive items for reading,” he said. “Illini Skateland arranges skating nights for the schools.
“The Dairy Queen on Main Street twice a year provides treats for Cannon School, and Family Dollar donates toys to Cannon,” Lazzell said.
“The Second Church of Christ mentors, provides treats for staff, and donates coats, hats and gloves for East Park,” he said.
Lazzell said he would like to find a business partner for Danville High School.
“We don’t have any formal partners for the high school other than Vermilion Advantage,” he said.
Lazzell said the Partners in Education program is a win-win for the district as well as the businesses.
“The businesses provide us with time, goods and services, and in turn we hope to provide them with marketing and exposure by parents and staff frequenting their businesses,” he said.
“Most of all, they’re furthering children’s education,” he said.