posted on May 29, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Diane Smith
(DeWitt, Mich.) – Three Michigan schools received a total of $9,000 in cash prizes from the Michigan Apple Committee (MAC) for participating in its annual Michigan Apple School Sweepstakes – an initiative to support Michigan Apple growers while encouraging healthy eating habits in children.
According to MAC Interim Executive Director, Diane Smith, the Sweepstakes provides students with an opportunity to learn about the importance of eating and buying healthy, locally grown apples.
“It’s easy for parents to incorporate fresh Michigan Apples into a child’s daily life – apple juice with breakfast, an apple with lunch, or applesauce as an afternoon snack,” said Smith.
Accredited K-12 schools in Michigan were eligible to compete in the school sweepstakes by collecting either proofs of purchase from the bags of Michigan-grown apples, or by creating small cards with drawings of Michigan Apples.
This year’s winners, chosen in a random computerized drawing, are:
Grand Prize (Receiving $5,000):
- St. Stephen School of Saginaw, Mich.
1st Place (Receiving $3,000):
- Lake Area Christian School of Sturgis, Mich.
2nd Place (Receiving $1,000):
- Bentley Elementary School of Canton, Mich.
This year 23 schools participated in the MAC-sponsored program, collecting approximately 46,500 entries. For each proof of purchase collected and/or apple card created, the name of the school is entered into the drawing. The prizes were chosen by a random computer selection.
Michigan is the third-largest apple-producing state in the United States. The industry annually contributes an estimated $800 million worth of economic impact on the state.
Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded, nonprofit organization devoted to promotion, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit MichiganApples.com.