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Saranac Elementary receives $1,000 Hannaford grant

SARANAC One supermarket chain has become a place where the community is continuing to turn to satisfy the needs of its local schools. In an assembly at Saranac Elementary School April 3, Jeffrey Drum, assistant manager of the Hannaford store in Plattsburgh, handed principal Marguerite Tamer an oversized check for $1,000, as the student body, faculty and parents cheered and looked on. The oversized check represented the amount awarded to the school through the Hannaford Helps Schools Program. The Hannaford program, which has been in existence for the past seven years, annually offers people the opportunity to raise money for locally schools during the months of September through December. Consumers who purchase four of any of more than 900 participating products are able to earn three school dollars for the school of their choice. Schools located in communities near one of the 165 Hannaford stores in New York and New England are eligible to participate. Besides the money earned from their submitted receipts, the school with the highest amount of dollars earned is awarded an additional $1,000. This year, Saranac Elementary topped the list with $663. This is the second year in a row they have earned the top amount and won the $1,000 grant. The [Family School Organization] does all of the work for this, explained Tamer. Our FSO has been great for us. It all depends how good of a group you have and how hard they are willing to work. We have been very lucky in this district. While some shoppers deposit their receipts immediately after shopping at Hannaford, others send their receipts to the school by mail or have their children deliver them to the office. FSO members then pick them up and bring them to Hannaford and place them in the slot. Every September, the six to 10 FSO members also scramble to get the word out to all the parents about the Hannaford program, mainly by distributing brochures furnished by the supermarket conglomerate. Participating in this program is a huge help to the school, explained FSO treasurer Bonnie Pelerin. It takes everyone working together to add up to a victory. It is all the parents, she said, We owe them a big thank you. Last year, the school was able to purchase new curtains for its stage and support its successful new Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program with its Hannaford program earnings. It is not yet determined how this years money will be spent, but backdrop curtains for the stage will be one of the needed items considered.

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