Dutch Bros helps to spark Idaho kids' STEM interest with 'Buck for Kids Day'

Posted at 5:40 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 19:40:09-04

BOISE, Idaho — If you love multi-tasking, caffeine, and great causes, you're going to want to listen up!

Today is "Buck for Kids" day at about 15 Dutch Bros coffee locations across the valley.

The event serves as the company's annual give-back day to support a children's organization in our community. This year, the event is benefiting the Idaho STEM Action Center, which provides weeklong Reuseum summer camps that expose children to STEM-- for families in need, at no cost.

"More kids are able to access these camps because of partnerships like this. We have kids coming from all over the Treasure Valley," said Joanna Madden, Development Director, Idaho STEM Action Center Foundation.

A dollar for every drink sold Friday goes to Reuseum Educational, and the STEM action center is matching donations up to $25,000.

"There have been people that've been coming through and giving extra just to help the kids out, so... it's been super cool to see that," said Sidney Krall, manager at a Nampa Dutch Bros Coffee location.

The goal is to fill Idaho STEM jobs with Idaho employees by exposing locals to science and engineering, early in their lives. In Idaho, STEM jobs are expected to grow 23% by 2024, according to the STEM Action Center.