The announcement, made on August 23 during a Back to School zoom meeting, means that donations will allow the Dickinson Public Schools Foundation to provide $140 in reimbursements to 336 DPS teachers — a value of over $47,000.

The program aims to recognize "the excellence of our teachers despite the ongoing challenges they face," and will work through the help of area residents. For every fill up at Cenex-branded fuel stations, a portion of the transaction will go to support the program.

“We are so excited to partner with Tri-Energy Cooperative to support our teachers. Our teachers are so dedicated to helping their students and often purchase supplies for their classroom to decorate and more," Karen Heidt, director of development at Dickinson Public Schools Foundation, said. "We hope that the Gallons of Gratitude program will not only help enhance their classroom, but help them feel appreciated.”

This year, Tri-Energy Cooperative will provide $250,000 to local public-school foundations in Bismarck, Mandan and Dickinson. Locally, this donation will enable the Dickinson Public Schools Foundation to provide $140 in reimbursements so that 336 DPS teachers may enhance the learning within their classrooms.

Teachers who will receive the reimbursements say they are eager to get busy setting up their classrooms, knowing they are going to be able to go that extra mile in additional resources that can help their students learn.

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“Thank you for the generous gift to teachers. It means so much to us," Morgan Kathrein, first grade teacher at Prairie Rose Elementary, said. "We look forward to using it to support students this year.”