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Washington dairy raises money for school

An Eastern Washington dairy donated $3,256 to an elementary school for a fence around a play field.

Capital Press

Published on November 2, 2017 10:40AM

Coulee Flats Dairy owner Case VanderMeulen presents a check for $3,256 to the Mesa Elementary Children, Parent and Teacher program Oct. 31 in Mesa, Wash. VanderMeulen is flanked on Halloween by Mesa Elementary Principal Cara Morrill, left, and Dairy Ambassador Abby Zurcher.

Dairy Farmers of Washington

Coulee Flats Dairy owner Case VanderMeulen presents a check for $3,256 to the Mesa Elementary Children, Parent and Teacher program Oct. 31 in Mesa, Wash. VanderMeulen is flanked on Halloween by Mesa Elementary Principal Cara Morrill, left, and Dairy Ambassador Abby Zurcher.


A Franklin County, Wash., dairy farmer has donated to an elementary school $3,256 that was raised through a promotion with a grocery store.

Coulee Flats Dairy owner Case VanderMeulen donated $1 to the Mesa Elementary Children, Parent and Teacher program for every gallon of milk sold at JC’s Mesa Grocery in June, according to the Dairy Farmers of Washington.

Some 2,492 gallons of milk were sold, just shy of the amount sold during a similar promotion last year, according to the Dairy Farmers. VanderMeulen also matched donations made by grocery customers and offered a $1 in-store rebate.

VanderMeulen presented a check to the school on Oct. 31. The school plans to use the money to build a fence around a play field. Mesa has a population of fewer than 500 people.

“I’m happy to do my part in the community,” VanderMeulen said in a written statement. “It gives back to me in so many ways, and I want to give back to the people who make it such a great place to live.”



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