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    Whole Foods Helps Colorado Schools Go Green

    The chain is giving shoppers a way to help create environmental programs at local elementary schools.

    Several Boulder, Colo. area elementary schools are receiving donations from Whole Foods Market and its shoppers to help green programs. The organic/natural grocer offered customers 10 cents for every reusable bag they brought in to bag their own groceries and then asked the shoppers to donate the dimes to a school of their choice.

    Dime reimbursements for about 67,000 bags were donated to Horizons K-8 in the form of a check for $6,700 that must be used for an environmental project. The school principal Sonny Zinn said she initially planned to use the money to install solar panels on the building but realized the school needed an energy audit first.

    The first bag-donation fundraiser for Horizons lasted three months, from June to August. Due to the "great response," Whole Foods officials said they would shorten the fundraising period and split donations between two schools.

    Foothill Elementary and Community Montessori Elementary, both in Boulder, will split donations made in September. Shepherd Valley Waldorf School, in Niwot, and Creekside Elementary School, in Boulder, will split donations made in October.

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