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Shop a little, give a little back at North Trail Elementary

Don’t throw all those holiday shopping receipts away just yet. Scan them with your smartphone first. The kids at North Trail Elementary School will thank you for it.

Earlier this month, North Trail launched a new fundraising campaign called Shoparoo. It is, NTES Parent Teacher Partnership president Melissa Jones said, “possibly one of the easiest ways for schools to earn money.”

People can sign up for the program online at, and follow directions to select where the proceeds will go.

Then, all they have to do is go shopping.

When they come home, they can take pictures of their receipts with their smartphones, then share those images on

The website recognizes purchases from more than 15,000 qualifying retail companies. Receipts from grocery shopping and clothing shopping to cell phone and home improvement businesses qualify, Jones said.

“You don’t change your shopping habits at all,” she said. “You just take a picture of it, submit it, and your school gets points for your purchases.”

Each time a receipt photo is submitted, the person who submits it gets an update on how many points they have earned for the school. The school also gets a running tally. For every 25,000 points earned in this program, North Trail Elementary School will get $50, Jones said. She and three friends started tracking points less than a month ago, and are already over 23,000 for the school.

Jones hopes more families will register for Shoparoo over the next couple of days, and really remember to send in the receipt photos over the holiday buying season.

“This is probably the easiest way for us to make money without asking anybody to do anything different besides taking five seconds to take a picture and submit it,” she said.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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