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Arvig school partnership nets cash for Osakis schools

Two Osakis schools benefited during the past school year from the Arvig School Partnership Program. The Osakis Public School received $768 and St. Agnes School received $448.

In a news release, Arvig said it donated more than $100,000 to schools in its service area, which includes Osakis. The total amount donated since the beginning of the program was more than $660,000, the communications provider said. Arvig serves about 9,000 square miles, including Moorhead, Rochester, Duluth and Marshall.

Arvig's School Partnership Program allows anyone who receives Internet service from Arvig to designate money for the school of their choice, as long as it is within the Arvig service area. Arvig donates $1 of the monthly Internet payment to the school at no additional cost to the customer. The only requirement is the school needs to be within the Arvig service area.

The company presents the schools with checks twice per year. The donation can be used toward whatever the school needs, whether upgrading a computer lab or buying new books for a classroom.

St. Agnes put their payment toward the school's $25,000 scholarship goal to help students with tuition, said principal Pat Pospisil. She said they have spread the word about Arvig on their bulletin, in letters to parishioners, on the school's Facebook account and on its website.

Osakis Public School uses theirs to offset the cost of technology, in particular the Chromebooks for student use, said Superintendent Randy Bergquist. They have a flyer in the office that visitors can see when they stop by.

"I just appreciate the fact that Arvig is willing to do that, to give back to the schools," Bergquist said. "Every bit helps in the school district nowadays."