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Harris Teeter Donates Over $9.7 Million to Local Schools
The Together In Education program provides students and teachers with the supplies they need

Charlotte, NC -
Harris Teeter is proud to announce a record year for its Together in Education (TIE) Program. Parents and supporters earned $1,491,862 during the 2006-2007 school year. TIE was developed in 1998 and since its inception $9,774 ,709 has been donated to schools throughout the seven states Harris Teeter serves.

What does this mean for area schools? It means, when they return from summer vacation they will have money for new books, playground equipment, musical instruments, field trips, teacher workshops, scholarships and other items that don't fit into area schools ever shrinking budgets. Schools distribute the funds how they see fit. Many schools focus giving on their athletic booster clubs, their PTA, the band, and other extra-curricular activities.

Each year, during the month of June, Harris Teeter sends checks to schools that are linked to the Together in Education program. The growing popularity of the TIE program is amazing and Harris Teeter looks f orward to increasing the number of schools linked to the program and providing additional students and teachers with the supplies they need.

"Money from the Together in Education program is used for the library/ media center and to reimburse the teachers when they have to buy supplies out of their own pocket. We have found that we can solicit parents for the program at PTA meetings where we have them give the school their VIC number and we link for them. This is easier than making sure the parents do this on their own," notes Nora Baker, Principal at Jefferson Elementary in Winston-Salem. Jefferson Elementary is the second highest school in the area.

Customers sign up with their VIC card and when they purchase Harris Teeter brand products, a percentage of those purchase dollars goes to the schools of their choice.

Don't forget supporters must link their VIC cards again beginning on August 1st, 2007 for the upcoming school year. Everyone can link their card whether they have a child in school or not and each card can be linked to up to 5 different schools. Schools are encouraging everyone they know to get linked and help achieve another record year of donations.

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 2006 -2007 Final Payout
Top Ten Schools
School/Group City State Total Earnings
Shepard’s Center of Winston Salem Winston Salem, NC $2,330.06
Jefferson Elementary School Winston Salem, NC $1,992.42
RJ Reynolds High School Winston Salem, NC $1,895.03
Mount Tabor High School Winston Salem, NC $1,607.64
Calvary Baptist Day School Winston Salem, NC $1,298.78
Thomas Jefferson Middle School Winston Salem, NC $1,251.23
Whitaker Elementary School Winston Salem, NC $1,248.61
Meadowlark Elementary School Winston Salem, NC $1,211.41
Griffith Elementary School Winston Salem, NC $1,206.49
Union Cross Kernersville, NC $1,109.11 

Harris Teeter is proud of its efforts to support area schools and encourages everyone to link their VIC card to their school and "be a part of the solution."

For more information about Together in Education, visit our website at

 Harris Teeter, Inc. with headquarters in Matthews, NC, is a subsidiary of Ruddick Corporation (NYSE:RDK). Harris Teeter is the 40th largest supermarket in the United States with 2006 sales of $2.92 billion. The grocery store chain employs over 18,000 associates and has 158 stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland and Florida.