Schools on the Eastern plains are getting a small boost of cash from their neighbors. Locally owned Edison Propane in Yoder is disbursing checks to schools in Calhan School District RJ-1, Edison School District 54-JT, Ellicott School District 22, Hanover School District 28, Miami-Yoder School District JT-60 and Peyton School District 23-JT.
The money comes from customers who designate a local school or military charity to receive a percentage of cash back each year, based on their propane usage.
More than $20,000 has been distributed since the program started in 2011, according to Sheri Mohr of Edison Propane.
"We are very grateful for the generosity shown by Edison Propane," said Calhan RJ-1 Superintendent Linda Miller.
The money is not restricted or earmarked for a specific use, so Miller said the school district has used the money to support activities and athletics, such as equipment and team travel expenses.
Last year, Edison Propane donated $240.64 to RJ-1, Miller said. This year's check presentation will be on Friday.
Each school district receives a different percentage of proceeds, based on the number of participating customers in its area.
This year's military recipient is Rocky Mountain Fisher House, which will receive $1,945.71.
Schools outside of the Pikes Peak region, in Karval and Simla, also will get funds.
Edison Propane owner Russell Freeman, who also owns Pro Steel and a cattle ranch in eastern El Paso County, likes helping the community, Mohr said, as his family has roots in the region dating to the 1800s.