Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market announced Thursday that 13 schools in Pacifica earned $14,158 through its fifth-annual Shop for Schools fundraising program. Over 2,700 schools actively participated in Shop for Schools this school year, earning more than $2.1 million collectively.
Schools located within a three-mile radius of any Fresh & Easy store can participate in the Shop for Schools program. This includes Farallone View in Montara and El Granada Elementary in El Granada.
For every $20 spent at a Fresh & Easy store from Sept. 12 through Dec. 31, 2012, participating schools received a $1 donation simply by collecting receipts. In addition, registered schools could also participate in Shopping Nights, which are in-store fundraising events where schools earned 5 percent of the total sales during their designated evening.
More than 2,200 schools participated throughout California, raising a combined total of over $1.7 million. The top two fundraising schools in California, Sunset View Elementary and Silver Gate Elementary both in San Diego, each earned a $5,000 bonus in addition to their fundraising efforts. Four-time bonus winner, Sunset View Elementary, plans on using their Shop for Schools money for visual and performing arts programs as well as an instructor for the school’s computer lab. Silver Gate Elementary plans to use their Shop for Schools money for the school’s Eco-Lab and garden, to help boost their science curriculum.
“Schools in our neighborhood continue to struggle for funding right now, which is why we’re so happy to donate $14,158 to them to use for whatever they need most,” said Roland Thompson, San Francisco Shop for Schools Regional Coordinator. “We are thrilled to be able to help Pacifica schools raise much-needed money and look forward to helping them earn even more this fall.”
Shop for Schools was launched in spring 2009 as a way to help local schools offset budget cuts. To date, schools have raised more than $6.1 million through Fresh & Easy’s fundraising program, which will be launching again in fall 2013. More information about the program can be found here.
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