It is customary for organizations to present oversized "prop" checks for photos. Representatives from Publix recently followed this tradition at Harrison High School when they delivered this year's donation to the Cobb Schools Foundation thanks to their Tools for Back to School program. Not only was the check large in physical size, it was the most significant amount donated to the Foundation by the grocery retailer's community-driven program.
This year's check was nearly $10K larger than last year's. Cobb shoppers showed their support for the program by agreeing to donate at the register during the Tools for Back to School campaign in July. The total amount raised for the Foundation is $184,000 and will be put to great use for Cobb students and families.
"This will help to provide school supplies for students who need them," said Cobb Schools Foundation Director Felicia Wagner. "We are so appreciative of this partnership and the continued support from Publix."
Joining Cobb Superintendent Chris Ragsdale in the Harrison Learning Commons to receive the check were Chief of Staff Sherri Hill, Harrison Principal Ashlynn Campbell, Cobb Schools Foundation Executive Director Felicia Wagner, and several Harrison students. In fact, three of the students are Publix employees and work at two different locations near the school.
Brenda Reid and Bruce Humphries were also in attendance, representing Publix. Ms. Reid is the Community Relations Manager, and Mr. Humphries is the District Manager, as well as a member of the Board for the Cobb Schools Foundation.
"We are so proud to partner with the Foundation and help to provide these resources into the community where they're needed," said Ms. Reid. "Thank you so much to the Cobb County community for supporting the Tools for Schools program for the last several years."