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Discover Card gives early Christmas to Utah schools, charities


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Some Utah schools and organizations got tens of thousands of dollars in donations Monday, just in time for Christmas.

Mary Yannias appreciated the $27,000 check made out to the Granite Education Foundation from Discover Card because she knows it means more of an after-school program for students at Jackling Elementary School.

"We have students ... we have no place for them to go after school. Both their parents work. They need their kids on the doorstep, and the schools have to find something to do for them," explained Yannias, who is the business development coordinator for the Granite Education Foundation.

Discover Card took Jackling Elementary under its wing earlier this year when the company donated $20,000 to launch the school's after-school program, delivered nearly 700 backpacks stuffed with school supplies, and employees gave up their time.

"We do some volunteerism work there, from a tutoring perspective, year round. We also get involved in the junior achievement program out at Jackling," said Steve Bayans, vice president of customer service at Discover Card

Another school, Frost Elementary, also received $6,000 from the Discover Card Monday; and Jordan School District now has an extra $5,000 to help the Kauri Sue Hamilton School -- a new school for children with disabilities. The company also donated 161 coats to the Boys and Girls Club.

"One of the ways we can make a difference is just giving back the time and attention to the children that really need," Bayans said.

Children aren't the only ones who benefited Monday. Discover Card also donated 10,000 pounds of food to the Utah Food Bank.

E-mail: cmikita@ksl.com

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