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Harmon's Helping Utah Kids

by Ted Scheffler
- Posted // 2011-02-07 -

Harmons Grocery Stores is working to help provide a better education for Utah children through two programs in February: Harmons 22nd Annual PTA Day on Feb. 10, and a month-long drive to provide books for local children in need. The locally-owned grocer hopes to raise $50,000 for 64 area schools through PTA Day, and all families need to do is to buy their weekly groceries at one of Harmons’ 13 stores on Feb. 10. Harmons will feature special pricing on groceries for families on PTA Day and will in turn donate five percent of net sales to those local schools.

To show their support, participating PTA Day school children will decorate the stores, and parents and teachers will bag groceries and coordinate games and activities for families from noon to 7 p.m. on Feb. 10. Harmons is also giving away free ice cream sandwiches while supplies last during that time. 

Also in February, Harmons is encouraging customers to drop off unwanted books in Reading Tree book bins in Harmons’ store parking lots from Orem to Ogden. Reading Tree Books for Charity accepts new and used books which are collected weekly throughout the year. According to the Reading Tree, only one in 300 children in low-income neighborhoods owns a book of his own; more than 80 percent of preschool and after school programs serving kids from low-income families have no age-appropriate books on hand; and 61 percent of low-income families have no children's books in the home.  Harmons’ book collection bins have generated 27.6 tons of books to be distributed since its introduction last year.

            “We hope the community will come out to support the 64 schools that are taking part in our PTA Day on Feb. 10,” said Bob Harmon, co-owner and vice president of Harmons.  “And, since we are focusing our charitable efforts in February on school children, we thought it would also be a great time to remind people to make a special effort this month to drop off new and used books in the Reading Tree book bins in all 12 of our Northern Utah stores.”

Below is a list of  Harmons' stores and schools participating in 2011 PTA Day.

Harmons Stores

Schools

West Valley Harmons

Jackling Elementary

3955 W. 3500 S.

Farnsworth Elementary

West Valley City, Utah

Robert Frost Elementary

Valley Crest Elementary

Hillsdale Elementary

7th Street Harmons

Hillcrest High

7755 S. 700 East

Midvalley Elementary

Midvale, Utah

East Sandy Elementary

Midvale Middle School

Midvale Elementary

Ogden Harmons

Hillcrest Elementary

37 Harrisville Rd.

Heritage Elementary

Ogden, Utah

Lincoln Elementary

Pioneer Elementary

Green Acres Elementary

Draper Harmons

Altara Elementary

672 E. 11400 S.

Alta High School

Draper, Utah

Hilltop Christian School

Crescent Elementary

Sprucewood Elementary

Bangerter Crossing Harmons

Willow Springs Elementary

125 E. 13800 S.

Channing Hall

Draper, Utah

Juan Diego Catholic  High School

Mount Jordan Middle School

Brickyard Harmons

Highland High School

3270 S. 1300 E.

Nibley Park Elementary

Salt Lake City, Utah

William Penn Elementary

Millcreek Elementary

Bonneville Elementary

Cougar Harmons

Fox Hills Elementary

4874 W. 6200 S.

Jim Bridger Elementary

Kearns, Utah

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