Harris Teeter Encourages Students to Think Green

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Harris Teeter Encourages Students to Think Green

Harris Teeter’s “Together in Education” (TIE) program has launched its fourth “We Think Green” contest designed to teach students and parents the benefits of recycling, and to provide schools with yet another opportunity to earn cash.

The initiative is part of the Charlotte, N.C.-based grocer’s mission to act as a good corporate citizen, which includes instituting multiple recycling programs into its day-to-day operations. The company also prioritizes educating future shoppers about what they can do to help ensure a sustainable future.

Harris Teeter’s We Think Green contest invites students at participating schools to collect plastic bags and turn them into their schools, which in turn, will appoint a designated representative to bring them to local stores to be counted and recycled. Winning schools will be determined by which ones collect the most plastic bags.

At the conclusion of the contest, 15 schools — a first-, second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-place winner from each Harris Teeter region — will receive a check for collecting plastic bags. First-place winners will receive $1,000 and second place will receive $500, with the remaining winners each receiving $250. The contest runs through April 13, 2010.

The grocer has donated over $13.3 million to schools since 1998 through its Together in Education program.

Harris Teeter marked its 50th anniversary on Feb. 1, 2010, and plans to open its 200th store during the second half of the fiscal year. The grocery store chain employs over 21,000 associates and has stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.