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Posted September 14, 2011

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Smith’s Donates Nearly $70,000 to APS Schools, Programs

The Valley JROTC was the biggest earner through the Smith’s Food and Drug Earn & Learn Program, accepting a check for $6,490.81.

Nearly $70,000 was earned by Albuquerque Public Schools during the 2010-11 school year through Smith’s Food and Drug Stores Earn and Learn program where shoppers designate a school or program to earn money every time they shop at Smith’s.

More than 80 APS schools and programs received donations through Smith’s Earn & Learn program. For the second straight year, Valley High’s JROTC was the biggest APS earner, raising $6,490.81. Other schools and programs that earned a large amount of money include 7 Bar Elementary, which earned $5,982.02; the North Star Elementary PTA, which earned $3,774.57; Sandia High, which earned $2,693.59 and the La Cueva High Marine JROTC, which earned $2094.99.

Other schools earning $1,000 or more include Comanche, Double Eagle, MacArthur, Mission Ave., Montezuma and Sierra Vista elementaries; Eisenhower Mid-School; and Cibola and Volcano Vista high schools.

The donations are unrestricted and schools may select the most appropriate use of the gift. Schools have used the funds to support reading programs, build walking tracks, purchase computers and audiovisual equipment and fund basic instructional needs.

To enroll a school in Earn & Learn, school administrators must complete an online application at www.smithsfoodanddrug.com. Smith's customers wishing to support the Earn & Learn program link their “rewards” card to the K-12 school of their choice by logging on to their Smith's account or presenting a letter from the school with an Earn & Learn barcode to a store checker. Each time the rewards card is used for a purchase at Smith’s, the school earns money.

Enrollment in the program must occur at the beginning of each school year to be eligible and must be done by Sept. 30. For more information, call 1-800-444-8081 ext 1672.

Enrollment in the program must occur at the beginning of each school year to be eligible and schools must be a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit, state-accredited, K-12 school located within Smith’s operating areas in New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

“Smith’s Earn & Learn donation has made a significant impact for the betterment of schools in New Mexico over these past 11 years,” said Mark Tuffin, Smith’s president. “Students need every opportunity to become members of an educated work force capable of meeting the world’s future challenges.”

Smith’s contributed $1 million through its Earn & Learn program last school year. In New Mexico, schools received more than $200,000. Since 2000, Smith’s has given $14.4 million in total to K-12 schools throughout the West.

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