Dutch Bros and STEM Action Center raise money for education camps

Dozens of Idaho children are about to find out just how far a dollar and a cup of coffee will go.

On Monday, representatives of Dutch Bros and the STEM Action Center Foundation teamed up with First Lady Lori Otter to donate $35,200 to the Garden City-based nonprofit Reuseum Educational.

Dutch Bros raised $23,567 of the total through its Sept. 29 Bucks for Kids event, in which the company pledged $1 from the proceeds of each drink sold at its Boise and Meridian locations that day. The STEM Action Center Foundation covered the balance through a 50-cent match on each drink sold.

“This is where you make a big impact with your morning cup of coffee,” Otter said during a check presentation at the Statehouse. “It’s about getting the kids the tools and resources they need to explore and be able to create that generation of STEM folks.”

Reuseum Education officials said they will use the donation to send dozens of local kids to low-cost or no-cost STEM workshops and camps.

The Idaho Legislature created the STEM Action Center in 2015 as a way to highlight the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines and to encourage more students to study those subjects and prepare for 21st century careers.


Clark Corbin

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