Thursday, October 22, 2020

Give to Coronado Public Schools, Save Money & Support Local Businesses

Want to save a percentage off your entire bill at multiple local restaurants, enjoy a bottle of wine with friends at half price, get a free cookie, or take advantage of a discounted rate to treat your child’s team to ice cream following a big win? Looking for a discount on orthodontics, teeth whitening, or spa services? Searching for a way to save money as you join a local gym or fitness program? Selling or buying a home, and wondering how you can reduce closing costs? Then it’s time to get your 2018-19 Coronado Locals Card! This year’s blue card (replace last year’s orange card) is valid October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. There are deals to match a variety of interests, and, as people enjoy the discounts the Locals Card offers, they can feel good knowing the contribution they made when they purchased the card has directly helped local students.

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For those unfamiliar with the Locals Card, what is it, and why residents should use one

With a minimum suggested donation of $100, 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. The discounts offered are made possible by local businesses that generously support Coronado Schools Foundation. CSF’s Director of Development, Leanne Anderson, says “It’s a positive cycle for everyone involved. Businesses give back to the community and, in return, community members support local businesses. All donations go directly to local public schools and students. It’s for the kids!”

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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. This year’s card features even more participating businesses, including some in Imperial Beach and Downtown San Diego! 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.). 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.”

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The new Coronado Mexican Village owners Nick Tomasello, Steve Biafora, Dave Hurwitz and Mike O’Connor are committed to giving back to the community of Coronado. With their very generous donation of $25,000 to CSF in November 2018, they all agree that supporting the schools is a top priority. Coronado Mexican Village also offers Locals Card holders 15% off all food purchases. Biafora says, “Mexican Village Coronado owners are committed to being a positive contributor to all things family in Coronado. From the Coronado Schools Foundation to other organizations positively impacting the local youth, we are intent on doing what we can to support and help the community.”

Many residents don’t know that Coronado Unified is funded in the lowest 8% of school districts across the state of California, simply due to its demographics. That equates to $1,500 per student or nearly $4.5 million across our small district. The majority of funds (83%) currently raised by CSF fund teachers whose positions educators and parents consider necessary for a quality education, but do not receive state funding. Many CUSD programs, such as science and computer labs, robotics, advanced computer programming, band and choir would not be possible without the annual CSF Site Program Grant.


For questions, or if you are a business owner interested in learning more about the Locals Card program, please contact CSF Director of Development Leanne Anderson at or 619.437.8059 ext.1.


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Coronado Schools Foundation
Through community involvement and support, Coronado Schools Foundation raises and manages funds to provide exceptional learning experiences for all Coronado Unified School District students. Coronado Schools Foundation envisions a public school community that provides students an opportunity to learn, thrive and reach their highest potential today and into their future.


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