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.