Friday, September 26, 2014

Gray and Windham Schools benefit from Shaw's Supermarkets' "We Love Our Schools" partnership - By Tracy Scheckel

As part of Shaw’s Supermarkets’ 150 year commitment to community service, the company has launched the “We Love Our Schools” program. According to Greg Duball, the store manager in North Windham, “The staff and I looked at the communities that our store serves and selected one school in Gray and one in Windham to offer a partnership to.” He explained that the program offers various types of assistance to the schools ranging from volunteers for special or ongoing assignments to funds for special projects, initiatives and events. 

Russell Elementary in Gray and the Windham Primary School were the recipients of the program with Duball noting that it was a conscious decision to select elementary schools because staff saw more opportunity for volunteer activities.

To kick off the We Love Our Schools partnership, Duball and two store employees, Bakery Manager, Denise Biossonneault, and Assistant Deli Manage, Chelsea Spurling visited Russell on September 23 with two beautiful sheet cakes and a check for $400.

About 30 children representing kindergarten, first, and second grade, along with parents, teachers and staff gathered to greet and thank Shaw’s for the gifts. Russell School Principal Gloria Noyes said that staff and the students would put their heads together to find a good use for the money. She noted that there is much interest in STEM as well as health initiatives and in the schools’ “I Care” program. As for the cake? Students and staff were planning to dig in during lunch on Wednesday. 

Duball and his staff were headed to the Windham Primary School for a similar presentation on September 25.
Russell School students, parents and staff great the Shaw’s Team and thanks them for the donation of $400

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