Cassville Cash keeps dollars local

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is now offering Cassville Cash gift certificates, which can be redeemed at over two dozen local businesses.

"Cassville Cash is a good opportunity for community members to give gifts, rewards and recognitions while supporting local businesses," said Richard Asbill, chamber board member and incoming president. "The program offers enormous flexibility for that person who you were wondering what type of gift to give."

This year, the Cassville R-IV School District plans to use Cassville Cash as an attendance incentive. Each quarter, teachers with perfect attendance will be rewarded Cassville Cash gift certificates.

"We are preparing to use Cassville Cash to reward certified staff members who are present every day of the quarter," said Superintendent Jim Orrell. "We hope this will also help pay back local merchants for some of the things that they have done to help Cassville Schools. One of those things being the new teacher gift bags that the chamber puts together."

Orrell hopes that the Cassville Cash incentive will help faculty members learn more about local businesses, much like the new teacher bags do at the beginning of each school year.

"Many of our teachers received the new teacher bags when they arrived, which helped bring business to our local merchants," said Orrell. "We hope this program will also introduce staff members to local businesses so that they can take advantage of local services and products."

The incentive program, which was initially proposed by the Cassville Community Teachers Association (CCTA), is designed to improve student academic performance.

"If our teachers are here everyday, our students will gain instruction that will improve their performance on the MAP and ACT tests," said Orrell. "So far, around 50 percent of our teachers are eligible for the first quarter incentive. We are very excited."

Cassville Cash gift certificates, which can be purchased for any amount, are redeemable at the following businesses: Fastrip; Cassville Veterinary Clinic; Designs by Debbie; Cassville Democrat; For the Birds; LeCompte's Building Center; Miekley, Cupps and Brown, DVM; Dr. Dale Assing; Ramey; Cassville Florist; Roaring River Inn and Conference Center; Herrin Animal Hospital; Sater Pharmacy; Chez Notre; Surplus City; Tomblin's; Cassville Motor Inn; Westco; Radio Shack and JC Penney Store; Whitley Pharmacy; Barry County Advertiser and Litho Printers; Walmart; Sports World; McDonald's; Oakhill Court and Cabins; Smith Clothing; The Rib; and Willis Insurance, Inc.

"Cassville Cash allows a means to support local businesses," said Asbill. "Rather than buying one gift certificate or card, the program provides the person who receives the gift with a lot of choices while retaining local dollars."

Cassville Cash gift certificates can be purchased at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce office, which is located at 504 Main Street in Cassville. Office hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"This program benefits our chamber members and keeps money in Cassville, which benefits our entire community," said Amy White, Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.

For more information on the Cassville Cash program, call White at 847-2814.

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