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$62,934 raised for local schools

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By Kirsten Laskey

It is the first time the new owners of Sage Cottage signed up for Smith’s Food and Drug Earn and Learn program, and it ended up being a very rewarding decision.  

The Montessori School received $359.08. “It was nice,” said Cheri Post, executive director of Sage Cottage. “It was a nice chunk of money. Every little bit helps.”

Post said this year’s money will go toward the school’s general operation fund.

She explained the school staff decided to get involved in the Earn and Learn program because it “seem like a good way to get the parents involved in helping us raise funds.”

Smith’s shoppers have helped out many education institutions by participating in this program. Everything from Los Alamos Public Schools to Dance Arts Los Alamos benefited from the program.

In total, $62,934 was raised for the different agencies. However, this is down 21 percent from last year.

John Roberts, manager of the Los Alamos Smith’s, said it seemed to be a case of customers not signing up for the program. It’s an easy process. People just need to talk to a cashier when they are checking out. Roberts said it is as easy as swiping their Fresh Values card and scanning the bar code for whichever agency they wish to support.

Roberts encourages customers to participate in the Earn and Learn program. “It’s free money to the schools,” he said. “Who doesn’t like free money?”

Besides, local shoppers have a successful history to hold up.

Roberts said in 2007, Los Alamos Public Schools received the second largest amount of money from the local Smith’s stores, which are among the 132 stores.   

It’s not just Los Alamos that can participate. Española, Pojoaque  and other areas can be involved, too.