New credit card feature makes donating to Albuquerque schools easier

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- A new program at Albuquerque Public Schools is giving you the opportunity to support your school or the district every time you pay with a card.

“I love the idea of supporting schools,” said Albuquerque resident Mathew Sexton.

It doesn’t cost much, just some extra change from each transaction.

“You spend $39.05, 95 cents in that change would go to APSCents,” said Phil Casaus, the Executive Director of the APS Education Foundation.

Here’s how it works: sign up on the APS website, chose the school of your choice and link your debit or credit card to APSCents. They’ll round up your transaction to the nearest dollar and give the change to APS. Casaus said you can also choose a limit on how much change you donate.

“It sounds like maybe something like a buck a day, so that’s maybe 300 bucks a year goes to schools,” said Sexton.

“If you can’t pick a school, the foundation is a great option,” said Casaus.

The APS Education Foundation started the program in August.

“It’s really a slow build and we knew that going in,” said Casaus. He said so far the district has only collected about a $1,000, but he said they’re hopeful for the future.

“I’m hoping that we’ll see several thousand maybe up to $14,000, $15,000 by the end of the first quarter next year,” said Casaus. He said it’s a process that will take time, but in the end, it’s’ all to benefit the kids.

“Helping schools is a very patient thing, there’s no quick fix,” said Casaus.

Many people think it’s a great idea.

“I think that our educational system right now, could use all the help that it can get,” said Damian Vergara-Wilson.

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