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Kroger provides funds to schools through program
by Staff Reports
April 03, 2013 01:18 PM | 1919 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shoppers heading to a grocery store very rarely leave empty handed. There is always at least one item in their hand on the way out the door.

Several principals in Henry County Schools left a recent county administrative meeting with a nice check for school-related purchases in their hands thanks to Kroger and their Earning Plus Learning Program.

A total of 18 schools received monetary awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The total amount of money distributed to Henry County award recipients was $30,000.

The 2012-13 Earning Plus Learning Program is a third-year Kroger initiative to help elementary and middle schools in the Atlanta district.

The aim of the program is to reward the most enthusiastic schools for their students’ achievements in academics, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and more. The theme for this year’s application was “Go For The Gold.”

Applicants for the funds had to display via scrapbooks, videos, photos, essays, or other media, examples of diversity, exercise, nutrition, fair play and helping others as it exists in the school’s daily culture.

Kroger management, as well as district and corporate staff, judged all entries, and several of these individuals were in attendance for the presentation to Henry County school principals.

“Kroger is committed to education,” said Earning Plus Learning Program Coordinator LaQuita Parks. “And we are able to help the community overall as a result.”

This year alone, nearly 110 schools were awarded funding from the program according to officials.

The Henry County School System recipients constitute more than 15 percent of the total number of schools receiving money.

“To be able to give back to our school systems is absolutely phenomenal,” said Johnny Brown, Kroger customer service manager – Atlanta division. “Anybody who has watched the news knows that our education is in serious peril due to reduced funding, so anything we can do to help further their processes is great.”

Adding to the excitement of the day, one school received a larger check than everyone else. Walnut Creek Elementary walked away with $5,000 top award to be used in a variety of ways to support student learning.

According to Kroger representatives, there are four store locations in Henry County with several hundred employees, and many of those employees have children in Henry schools.

“To be able to teach kids about nutrition and help them educationally is what Kroger is all about,” said Brown. “It’s just a wonderful feeling.”

Below is a list of the schools receiving money and the award amount:
Austin Road Middle School - $1,000
Bethlehem Elementary - $1,500
Cotton Indian Elementary - $1,500
Dutchtown Elementary - $1,500
Dutchtown Middle School - $1,500
Eagle’s Landing Middle School - $1,500
Hampton Elementary - $1,500
Hickory Flat Elementary - $1,500
Locust Grove Elementary - $1,500
Luella Elementary - $1,500
McDonough Elementary - $1,500
Ola Middle School - $1,500
Pate’s Creek Elementary - $1,500
Red Oak Elementary - $1,500
Rock Spring Elementary - $1,500
Stockbridge Elementary - $1,500
Tussahaw Elementary - $1,500
Walnut Creek Elementary - $5,000.

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