- Last Updated on 07:46 AM 11/04/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
Cluster Springs Elementary school has earned the recognition from Food Lion, LLC of being one of four grand prize recipients of a $25,000 grant from Food Lion’s back to school promotion “Pack in the Savings.”
The school’s supporters purchased “Pack in the Savings” products during Food Lion’s promotion period, earning the school one of the highest number of points to make them eligible to receive $25,000.
The school has been an active participant of Food Lion’s MVP Classroom Rewards program since Aug. 19, 2010 and currently has 1,403 supporters.
Food Lion’s MVP Classroom Rewards program offers schools the opportunity to obtain much needed supplies. Shoppers who link their Food Lion MVP card to a school who participates in the MVP Classroom Rewards program can help the school of their choice receive free educational equipment. A school will earn one point for every dollar a supporter spends on Food Lion brand products year-round, which the school can then redeem for educational equipment.
Lisa Long, the principal at Cluster Springs Elementary School, said “This was truly a project where the school and community came together, had it not been for the hard work and dedication of our PTO, parents, students and community friends, we would never have been able to receive this wonderful gift.”
When asked how the school has been able to acquire so many supporters and have such success, Long said, “Our PTO decided let’s get the children involved and make it fun. The PTO gives a prize to the child who collects and brings in the most valid Food Lion MVP card numbers, and we have two wonderful women: Mrs. Ann Glasscock who is the grandmother to two Cluster Springs students, and her daughter, Mrs. Christy Newton, parent and PTO executive board member. These two ladies dedicate their time and energy to ensure all the MVP card numbers gathered are entered as supporters for our school.” Long attributes the school’s success with the program to their loyal community members who shop at a Food Lion. “Any parent, grandparent and community person who has shared their MVP number and shopped at Food Lion helped CSES PTO achieve this wonderful gift. This is just another example of how a community working together can accomplish greatness.”