Are you ready to support the Coronado Schools Foundation and save money when you support local businesses? Then it’s time to get your 2017-18 Coronado Locals Card! This year’s orange card, which will replace last year’s blue card, will be valid starting October 1st.
For years, local businesses have generously stepped up to donate to the Coronado Schools Foundation’s (CSF) yearly Benefit Auction. (This year’s Diamonds Are Forever Benefit Auction will be held on October 14th.) With grateful hearts for the local businesses that continue to support the Coronado Unified School District, CSF decided the best way to express their gratitude and appreciation was to launch a Locals Card.
For those unfamiliar with the Locals Card, what exactly is it, and, more importantly, why should residents use one? With a minimum suggested donation of $50, residents who have a Locals Card will receive discounts at a multitude of local restaurants, health and beauty businesses, and hotels, and will additionally enjoy discounts off recreation activities, services, and purchases at participating stores.
In partnership with CSF, The Coronado Times is the place to go to see a full list of the local businesses which have partnered with CSF. Those residents who, in the past, have taken advantage of the great deals offered with the Locals Card, will be thrilled to learn that more businesses are participating this year, including some in Imperial Beach! Locals Cards may be acquired with an online donation, or in person at Coronado Hardware (140 Orange Ave.) and the Coronado Historical Association Museum (1100 Orange Ave.).
Want to find out how to save $10 on your Mug Club membership, get a free cookie, have your child eat free on Tuesdays, or find out how to save a significant percentage off your entire bill the next time you treat your child’s team to ice cream following a big win? Looking for a discount on orthodontics or teeth whitening? Searching for a way to make the spa day you crave a little more affordable, or ready to save money as you join a local gym? Selling or buying a home, and wondering how you can save on closing costs? With the holidays right around the corner, have you already started thinking about your budget as you search for the perfect gifts to buy for your family, friends, and even your pets? There are deals to match a variety of interests, and as people enjoy the discounts the Locals Card offers, they can smile knowing the contribution they made when they purchased the card has directly helped local students.
CSF’s Chief Executive Officer, Patty Cowan, knows that the support that partnering businesses have provided to CSF have been crucial to CSF’s success. She says, “What could be better than making a donation in support of our local schools, and in return, enjoying discounts and specials at restaurants and businesses across town? Coronado Schools Foundation’s partnership with The Coronado Times makes it possible to run this program with very low overhead, and benefits both our donors and local businesses.” Cowan encourages people to “get your new orange Locals Card with a donation, and enjoy savings for twelve months!”
As she reflects on the importance of the Locals Card to business owners, Cowan says, “It’s a win-win for everyone! Businesses who support our schools know that their customers who show the card are also supporting local education.” She encourages those business owners who are contemplating donating to CSF, saying, “By donating once per year, business owners can change their “deals” at any time at no additional cost as a CSF staff member manages the listings with The Coronado Times. This makes the marketing very affordable, even for our many small businesses.”
Steve Johnson, Publisher of The Coronado Times, says, “The Coronado Times is proud to continue our partnership with CSF to promote savings, local businesses, and, most of all, support Coronado schools. It’s our hope that residents, visitors and local businesses continue to support it as well.”
CSF’s Board Chairperson, Renee Cavanaugh, says, “Coronado Unified is funded in the lowest 8% of school districts across the state of California, simply due to our demographics. That equates to $1,900 per student or nearly $6 million across our small district. As a 5th grade teacher at Silver Strand Elementary, many of our programs, such as science lab and computer lab, would not be possible without the annual CSF Site Program Grant. It’s great that our supporters get a Locals Card in return for their generosity, and can benefit from it all year long.”
Jacques Spitzer, who attended Coronado public schools before graduating from Coronado High School in 2004, is thrilled for the opportunity to give back to CSF. His marketing and branding company, Raindrop Marketing, has partnered with CSF, and offers Locals Card holders who are new clients 10% off website design and development. Spitzer says, “The Coronado Schools Foundation represents the best of what Coronado is, a town that supports each other, especially our kids. CSF enriches the vibrancy of the learning opportunities for current students as well as those in years to come.”
For a full list of participating businesses and deals, click here.
To get your 2017-18 Coronado Locals Card online, click here.
To get your 2017-18 Coronado Locals Card in person, visit:
For questions, or if you are a business owner interested in learning more about the Locals Card program, please contact CSF Director of Development Michelle Gilmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619.437.8059 ext.1.