RICHMOND, Va. -- This weekend several Richmond restaurants are raising money to support education.
Businesses taking a “Bite Out of the Budget” will donate a percentage of their sales to Building a Better RPS. It’s a community effort Scott Garnett helped create to support teachers and students like his two children in public schools. We spoke with Garnett at Baskin-Robbins at 5510 W Broad Street, one of the participating businesses.
“When you stand on the playground you constantly hear again and again, ‘why can't we fix the schools? What can we do to help the schools?’ This is a way that we're kind of the focal point. We can get people involved now,” he said.
Dawn Robinson, chef and owner of Aloha Café and Catering, was quick to support the effort.
“Making sure our kids have what they need, making sure our teachers have what they need in order to take care and teach our kids is a part of what is important to me,” Robinson said.
The restaurant had a record-setting day Friday. They were busy with customers like Charminy Kimpton ordering the authentic luau style Hawaiian food and supporting schools.
“Going out to eat is something that is special and a privilege, but if it's something that can support the schools, then it’s a win-win,” Kimpton said.
The effort will help fund projects that will happen at every Richmond Public School at the end of July. They include painting, plumbing, yard work, and other improvements.
The fundraiser runs through Sunday.
The following restaurants are participating:
- Aloha Cafe
- Baskin Robins 5510 W. Broad
- Continental Westhampton
- East Coast Provisions
- Harrison Street Cafe
- Joe's Inn
- Kitchen 64
- Kuba Kuba
- Lift Cafe & Coffee Shop
- Olio in the Fan
- Pearl Raw Bar
- Sidewalk Cafe
- The Daily Kitchen & Bar
- The Hard Shell Downtown
- The Hill Cafe
- Weezies Kitchen
A list of participating restaurants upcoming fundraisers organized by Building a Better RPS.