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Lander store donates to two school districts on reservation

May 28, 2015 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

A Lander business manager said he wanted to find a way to give back to school districts on the Wind River Indian Reservation that are "often overlooked."

Shopko store manager Dustin Platt said that when businesses, such as his own, do contests to support school districts, schools on the reservation typically are not highlighted.

"They are a large part of our community," Platt said. "We wanted to do something different and unique to show our support for them."

Shopko gave a $500 check to the Fort Washakie and Wyoming Indian school districts. During a check presentation May 7, Fort Washakie superintendent Terry Ebert and Wyoming Indian interim superintendent Michelle Hoffman thanked Platt and Shopko for their support and said the money would be put in a fund to help students.

Platt said to show further his store's appreciation for residents of the Wind River Indian Reservation, Shopko will offer a discount throughout May.

All enrolled tribal members who show their tribal identification at the register will receive a 5 percent discount. The same goes for all teachers who work on the reservation and show their school identification at checkout.

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