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Jennie-O Turkey Store offers up to $50,000 in matching funds for iPad project

WILLMAR -- Jennie-O Turkey Store has announced that it will provide up to $50,000 in matching funds for contributions to the Willmar School District's effort to provide iPads to all juniors and seniors next fall.

Jennie-O's pledge is to match all donations made by Sept. 1 this year, up to a total of $50,000.

Jennie-O contributed more than $85,000 to the Willmar Schools in 2011.

"We place a high value on education, and we want to show our support for the Willmar school system," Glenn Leitch, Jennie-O Turkey Store president said in a news release Wednesday. "Therefore, I'd like to issue a challenge to local individuals, community organizations and businesses."

Leaders of the "iPads For Cardinals" effort are former Jennie-O CEO Mike Tolbert and his wife Sheila Tolbert. In the news release, Mike Tolbert said, "This is the jump-start we need to show that we are serious about advancing education in the Willmar community."

Contributions to the effort can be made to the Willmar Area Community Foundation at Box 1291, Willmar MN 56201. Include "Education and Technology Fund" on the memo line.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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