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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The importance of shopping local is being spread throughout School District 60, and people are grabbing their coupon books to support local businesses through a new chamber of commerce initiative.

The Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce’s Shop Local Project encourages the community to keep their money in the Energetic City as often as possible.

As part of the initiative, the chamber and SD 60 delivered an interactive program to Grade 5 and 7 students at Dr. Kearney and Bert Bowes Middle Schools, showing how money spent at local businesses supports the community.

“The program was widely accepted, and the youth enjoyed the learning and information, delivered through a process of fun ‘shopping’ with Shop Local Money and lots of robust follow-up conversations with the kids, about the choices we have available, and how the choices impact ourselves, our budgets, the community, and the environment,” said the chamber in a release.

The chamber also launched its Shop Local coupon book last month, boasting $4,000 in savings for participating Fort St. John businesses. SD 60 schools will be selling the coupons for $10 with funds going towards the district.

Reach out to the chamber at (250) 785-6037 or the district at (250) 262-6000 to get your hands on a coupon book. 


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