Governor Wolf Elementary School in Bethlehem was the top local school earner in the Giant Food Stores’ annual A+ School Rewards program, bringing in nearly $20,000 in donations from the supermarket chain.
Thirteen schools in the Bethlehem Area School District and several other schools in the area received some donations through the program, but none fared nearly as well as Governor Wolf, which landed $19,731.
In all, Giant donated $3 million to 2,582 public and private schools for the 2011-2012 school year. Since the program launched in 2005, more than $13 million has been donated to local schools.
The program allows local schools to earn cash for scholarships, technology, sports equipment, field trips and other educational needs. After customers had designated the school(s) of their choice, A+ School Rewards points accrued with each purchase made using a BonusCard from October 9, 2011 through March 31, 2012.
“The A+ School Rewards program addresses two very important missions to Giant - improving the quality of life for children and building healthy communities,” said Rick Herring, the company’s president in a news release.