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Jersey Mike’s pays it forward to Hedden Elementary

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While new businesses often spend their time thinking about how they can gain more money on a big opening weekend, the new Jersey Mike’s sub sandwich shop at 4756 Pacific Hwy. E. in Fife spent their opening weekend collecting funds for Hedden Elementary School. On May 21, store owner Robert Martin and manager Honora Hildreth presented the $ 3,078 check to the school.
“[The money] is going to go to support kids. It could be scholarships or sponsorships for camp, which usually comes out of parents’ pockets, but this way we’ll be able to have some families who it may be more difficult for. It will also be for activities kids choose related to ASB,” Principal Teresa Sinay said.

In addition to sponsorships for camp, the funds will go to the Hedden ASB and can be used for things like playground equipment, school assemblies, offsetting bus costs for field trips and other areas of cultural, recreational, social or athletic nature.
The money was collected by Jersey Mike’s through a special offer during the shop’s first few business days the last week of April. The shop’s crew drove around to various local businesses to hand out coupons, offering a free sub with a $2 donation to Hedden’s ASB. Additionally, Hedden students were sent home with four of these offers. In all, about 10,000 coupons were distributed across the Fife, Milton and Edgewood area.
“We like to the support the local community that in turn supports us by coming to our store,” Martin said.

We like to say we're not better, but we're definitely a sub above.
Honora Hildreth, Manager

Jersey Mike’s is a national chain, and giving back to local communities has become a tradition for new stores opening up. Martin solicited advice from other owners in the state to find out the best way to engage with Jersey Mike’s new home, and found that cities often come out to support their local schools. After speaking to staff at Hedden, Martin decided the school was the perfect fit for the fundraiser. The campaign was such a success that Jersey Mike’s plans to host another fundraiser for Endeavour Intermediate School sometime next fall.

“We really want to kick off their school year with a fundraiser,” Martin said.
Jersey Mike’s looks forward to continuing to partner with the community, looking for partnerships that will benefit everyone, especially the community at large. 
“We like to work with the community. We absolutely believe that you guys are what build our business,” Hildreth said.
Jersey Mike’s is a sandwich shop that has a reputation for not only top-notch subs but top notch customer service.
‘We like to say were not better, but were definitely a sub above. It’s not just a sandwich, it’s an environment, it’s an experience. We go the extra mile to make sure your whole experience is wonderful,” Hildreth said.

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