Cape Cod schools have earned $97,798.28 this year through Stop & Shop’s A+ rewards program. Stop & Shop’s website reports that this school year’s program concluded on March 28th.
The Forestdale School led the Cape with a windfall of $15,289 this year. Forestdale was, in fact, the fifth top-earning school in the national retailer’s rewards program.
How It Works
Holders of Stop & Shop cards can associate their card with up to two schools by visiting the Stop & Shop A+ website. As they make regular grocery purchases they accrue points that are credited to their school. At the end of the program-year, Stop & Shop allocates a donation of approximately $2.5 million based upon the percentage of program-wide points accrued by individual schools.
We first stumbled upon this program when one of our friends noticed a link to the A+ program on the website of Hyannis West Elementary School. Browsing around different schools’ websites this morning, we don’t see many of them that mention A+ Rewards. Hyannis West is to be commended for leveraging their website for a project to advance the school.
The Sky’s the Limit
The Stop & Shop A+ award comes to each school as an unrestricted donation that may be used for any appropriate purpose. Browsing through Cape schools’ earnings, one sees many opportunities for schools to grow this program.
For example, the Forestdale School has 734 students in grades K-8 and earned $15,289. The Henry T. Wing School – in the very same Sandwich school district – has 802 students in PK-8 but earned only $2,842 in rewards. Clearly, if Forestdale can “sell” the program to the community than so too should the Wing school.
Stop & Shop doesn’t require that someone have a child in a school to support that school with rewards points.
An enterprising school principal might reach out to senior centers, local service clubs, fraternal organizations and any other community group to invite them to support her school through their grocery shopping.
A “can do” parents’ group could hand out flyers at Town Meeting and other community events, inviting the community to support one or more schools through their Stop & Shop card.
Read the previous Cape Cod Education stories here.