Papa John’s shares its ‘dough’ with CMS

by Frank DeLoache

Papa John’s Pizza kicked off a new partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Wednesday, Jan. 19, by donating 20 percent of the day’s sales to the school district. The company plans to donate monthly to the district through the end of the school year.

“Our partners are extremely important to us, and not just in the financial sense,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Partnership Coordinator Phyllis Croutch said. “Knowing that the community cares about them has always been an uplift for our students and staff.”

Financially, this comes at a good time for the district, as looming severe budget cuts threaten many district operations and programs. The funds donated each month would not be restricted, Croutch said, and could be used to supplement various programs.

“We would love for them to raise enough money to put back some programs they’ve had to cut because of budget cuts,” said Jed Johnson, operations director for Papa John’s in Charlotte.

On one designated day each month, 16 of the area’s Papa John’s restaurants will donate 20 percent of all sales, including online orders and deliveries, to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

The Papa John’s restaurants in Raleigh have established a similar partnership with Wake County schools, donating about $10,000 to the school district in just two months. The amount raised Wednesday was not available by the Mountain Island Weekly’s press deadline but will be announced on the website, www.mountainislandweekly.com, as soon as it is available.

The next Papa John’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools day is scheduled for Feb. 16.

Participating locations
In addition to the Mountain Island location at 6411 Freedom Drive, 15 other Papa John’s Pizza’s joined in the fundraising partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. For the full list of participating locations, look below:

Store No…….Zip……………Address…………………………….Phone (704)
310………….28211…..6600 E. Independence Blvd…………531-0500
650…………28277…..8610F Camfield St……………………….543-7171
651…………28266…..7741 Colony Rd. Ste. A2……………….364-4242
660…………28105….2332 Matthews Twp…………………….847-8880
654…………28217….11116-A S. Tryon St……………………….583-3830
300…………28217….4820 South Blvd………………………….522-7272
301………….28210….1343 Sharon Rd. W……………………..556-7171
302…………28262….9327 JW Clay Blvd………………………503-5032
303…………28205….6035 Hickory Grove Rd……………….531-0123
304…………28204….1620 E. 4th St…………………………….375-7272
309…………28214….6411 Freedom Dr…………………………393-7272
312………….28205….3213 Eastway Dr…………………………532-9293
1578………..28269….6530 Statesville Rd……………………..596-5363
1580………..28215….8016-B Cambridge Commons Dr….531-7272
307………….28078….16235 Statesville Rd……………………896-7272
3583………..28027….10050-A101 Edison Square Dr…….875-7284

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