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Food City distributes ‘School Bucks’

By Billy Ward
Supporting education in Johnson County is as simple as shopping for groceries. On November 11, 2014 the Damascus, Virginia Food City grocery store donated over $6,000 to local schools; four of those were in Johnson County. Doe Elementary, Mountain City Elementary, Roan Creek Elementary, and Shady Valley Elementary where among the six schools receiving funds through the School Bucks program this year.
Mountain City Elementary, for instance, received over $900, and as Principal Gay Triplett noted, “It’s free money.” Mountain City Elementary along with other county schools will primarily be using the money for instructional materials.
“It’s all for the students, ” said Roan Creek Elementary Principal Mary Ann Robinson. A portion of Roan Creek’s money may go to supplement their Response To Intervention (RTI) program which assists students in meeting and exceeding standards in language arts and math.
Three Johnson County schools, Laurel Elementary, Johnson County Middle School, and Johnson County High School do not participate in the School Bucks program.
Food City has a long history of supporting local communities and particularly education. Since 1990 the regionally based chain has donated millions of dollars to area school systems. The chain offers college scholarships to employees and regularly donates to school festivals and fundraisers across the region. Currently, Food City donates $600,000 to local schools every year via the chain’s 106 stores. This money is divided among the schools utilizing the Food City School Bucks program. This innovative program allows the community to support individual schools as they purchase groceries.
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