Three local families have agreed to do most of their back to school shopping locally, to help prove a point about the availability of goods and services in Huron and the how our decisions as consumers can impact our community. This week , we introduce the final family in the Back to School Shopping Challenge, the Dennis and Peggy Heinz family.
Of the three participating families , the Heinz family is unique in two respects; they are the largest family to accept the Challenge and, with son Houstyn heading off to Northern State, they are the only one to include a college student.
“We’ve had already some back to school shopping for Houstyn. For example, we bought a refrigerator for his dorm room and we did buy that in Huron.”
In addition to Houstyn, the Heinz’s have four children who attend Huron Public Schools: Hyland, who will be a Junior, Havyn (8th), Hamtyn (4th) and Hylton (2nd). Although Peggy has already completed some of the back to shopping , much remains to be done.
“We have bought a few clothes, but there are still school supplies left to buy. We still have a lot of shopping to do to get ready for school.”
Peggy says she chooses to shop in town not only to support the local economy but also because it is more convenient for her family to get most of what they need in Huron.
“When you have a family of five, it is just easier to get what we need here in town. Its helps Huron and it helps us. I didn’t hesitate to accept the challenge. When your family is as large as ours, it feels like you’re constantly shopping anyway.”
The Back to School Shopping Challenge compliments the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau’s “Be a Lucky Duck-Shop Huron & Win” campaign, which encourages residents to not only ring local cash registers for a chance to win up to $25,000 but also to consider the consequences of their shopping habits.
There is another aspect of the promotion that directly benefits Huron schools. Each time you enter receipts online, at www.huronsd.com/shopandwin , for a chance to win, you can also vote for an area school. The winning school will receive $500.
The Heinz family, along with the Tim and Emily Davis family and the Shawn and Taunya Martin family, will be finalizing their back to school shopping in the coming days and purchasing much of what their students need in Huron. You can follow their efforts on Performance Radio, in the Plainsman and on the Here in Huron and Huron NOW blogs.