By ANDREW MARTASIAN
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWN– Five local schools picked up some extra cash at the grocery store earlier this month when the Stop & Shop on Ten Rod Road in North Kingstown gave out over $5,700 as part of the company’s A+ Bonus Bucks Program.
The initiative allows shoppers to use their Stop & Shop card to raise money for local schools. Every dollar spent is equal to one point. The points are divided up and participating schools are awarded money that can be spent on anything they need.
“It’s free money,” said store manager Scott Salhany who has been promoting Bonus Bucks in North Kingstown and Exeter schools since September 2011. He also supported the campaign in Warwick before he arrived in North Kingstown.
“I got here in September and I’ve been really plugging away at the program… and we’ve got more to come next year.”
North Kingstown High School’s PTSO Vice President Teri Ohs praised the enterprise, which provided her school with $1,426.
“This program is great for us,” she said. “We’d really like to build it up next year.”
Each school has different plans for their money.
“I think we’re going to put ours [$1,607] towards a SMART Board,” said Patty Joyce, of Hamilton Elementary’s PTO.
Melissa Marino, principal of Exeter-West Greenwhich’s Wawaloam Elementary, said her school, which collected $1,166, will use the money to bring a motivational speaker to the school as well as to pay “for a couple of kids to go to summer camp.”
Parents must sign up every year and, if they have children in different schools, can register their card to support up to three schools.
Trish Ward, secretary at Stony Lane Elementary, said the school would use its $1,254 to “support the common core math instruction in order to buy materials for the school.”
Wickford Middle School also received $258 Bonus Bucks.
Stop & Shop will continue the A+ Bonus Bucks Program, which started in 2010, next school year. Parents can register on the store’s website, www.stopandshop.com .
“It takes half a minute to sign up,” Salhany said.