The Windham Hannaford Supermarket recently presented Windham Primary School with $1,000 through the Hannaford Helps Schools program on Tuesday.
Store manager Doug Richard presented principal Kyle Rhoads with a check to be added to the $483 collected from “school dollars”.
“Typically the money is used for field trips for the kids who can’t afford them, or supplies we’re not able to order or to send teachers to conferences that can’t be funded though the school system,” said Rhoads. “This could help any of our kids, really. It could be playground equipment.”
Overall, Hannaford Supermarkets has distributed checks for more than $400,000 to k to 12 schools in New England and New York through the Hannaford Helps Schools program in 2015. Customers triggered the donations by purchasing eligible products.
“The whole community is really supportive of our school,” said Rhoads.
In its 15th year, Hannaford Helps Schools raised $237,235 for 1,420 schools. In the Windham area, schools were awarded checks totaling $1,617, not including the $1,000 check for WPS.
“[The money] definitely goes to good use. That’s a lot of money every year,” said Richard.
Under the program, customers received three “school dollars” – equivalent to cash – for every four participating products purchased. This year’s program involves more than 26 brand partners and 780 products, including products from Procter & Gamble, Tropicana, Unilever, General