Balloons and “big bucks” were on display at Murray Avenue School on Monday, May 24 as Principal Jennifer Monaco received a giant check for $1,809 from Bob Silver, manager of the Stop & Shop on Palmer Avenue in New Rochelle.
The check came to Murray via the Stop & Shop A+ Bonus Bucks program conducted in stores along the Northeast from October 2009 to March 2010. For every dollar spent at a Stop & Shop, registered customers could assign one point to the school of their choice. More than 380 schools participated in the contest, and Murray earned enough points to land in the top 10.
“We had 190 families participate,” reported Ms. LoBue. The effort was organized by Ellen Howse, a PTA volunteer.
Now the school is mulling over how to spend its “big check.”
“It’s an incredible bonus,” said Ms. LoBue. “It comes with no strings attached. We want to use our imaginations and put it towards the best possible use – for something that will touch all the kids in the school.”