HIGH NOTES: Backpack giveaway, money for school supplies

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In the Capital Region, the Hannaford Supermarkets chain is donating more than $1.7 million, including more than $415,500 to hundreds of New York schools, as part of its Hannaford Helps Schools program. Depending on each school’s needs, the money will be used for computers, musical instruments, sports equipment and playground equipment. The fundraising effort for Hannaford Helps Schools involves engaging shoppers in purchasing from among more than 1,500 specially marked items in Hannaford stores.  Hannaford Helps Schools program helps local schools meet fundraising goals by engaging shoppers to purchase specially marked items in Hannaford stores. For every four participating products purchased, a shopper receives three “School Dollars” that they can then donate to the school of their choice. For more information on the program, visit: https://www.hannaford.com/about-us/hannaford-helps/schools.

In Schenectady, local community nonprofit Save Our Streets and COCOA House, a local nonprofit that helps at-risk youth, recently passed out more than 850 backpacks and school supplies to local children during a two-day event. The backpacks and bags were filled with markers, glue, pencils and erasers, everything needed so that children are properly equipped to learn. The supplies were made possible thanks to grants, donations and partnerships. This is the sixth year for the giveaway. For more information on COCOA House, visit its Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CocoaHouseInc. For more information on Save our Streets, visit: http://www.518saveourstreets.com.

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