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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter Together in Education has donated more than $690,000 to participating TIE schools during the final of three donations of the 2012-2013 school year, raising the program total to about $19.5 million since 1998, the company has announced.
The grocer's ongoing commitment to education dates back to its co-founder W.T. Harrism, who in the 1960s, advocated for kindergarten to be a part of North Carolina’s public school system. When Harris retired, the company continued to support excellence in education, and in 1998, Harris Teeter’s leadership formalized a plan to fund school programs in its marketing areas. What resulted was TIE — Harris Teeter’s promise to the community to donate money back to schools when customers purchase Harris Teeter Brands or fill prescriptions at a Harris Teeter pharmacy.
Harris Teeter Together in Education distributes money to TIE schools and programs three times per school year, in December, March and June. Harris Teeter donated more than $38,300 to the top 10 earning schools during the final payout of the school year; a total of 3,385 schools earned a check, averaging $204 per school.