Thirteen Danville schools participated in a school fundraising program hosted by Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market. The fifth annual Shop For Schools program raised $13,485 for public and private schools in the area and more than $1.7 million throughout the state.
Launched in 2009 as a way to help offset budget cuts, schools located within a three mile radius of any Fresh & Easy store could participate in the program. By tracking receipts, schools could earn $1 for every $20 spent at the store between Sept. 12 and Dec. 31, 2012; registered schools could also participate in shopping nights where schools earned 5 percent of the total sales during their designated evening.
"Schools in our neighborhood continue to struggle for funding right now, which is why we're so happy to donate $13,485 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 our schools raise much-needed money and look forward to helping them earn even more this fall."
Vista Grande Elementary School, which is just down the street from the market, was the top local fundraiser at $3,698.58. Funds raised will help pay for teacher aides in Vista Grande's 26 classrooms; VGES currently has one aide in every classroom for two hours a day.
"The receipts were amazing," said coordinator Heather Small, parent of a fourth grader. "The money raised will help pay for teacher aids in the classroom which a lot of schools have gone away from, but we feel having an additional adult in the classroom helps with learning, the social environment and the general atmosphere in the classroom."
St. Isidore Elementary School was the second highest fundraiser at $1,844.81, followed by Green Valley Elementary school with $1,307. 87 and Monte Vista High with $1,228. Community Presbyterian Preschool, John Baldwin Elementary and The Saklan School also participated.
More than 2,200 schools participated throughout the state with Sunset View Elementary and Silver Gate Elementary in San Diego raising the most funds. 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.
To date, schools have raised more than $6.1 million through Fresh & Easy's fundraising program, which will be launching again in fall 2013.