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Schools earn $12,000 in apple sweepstakes

Contact: Holly Whetstone
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(DeWitt, Mich.) – Eating Michigan apples has paid off handsomely for six schools recently named winners of the Michigan Apple School Sweepstakes.

Entrants in the new contest were required to send in proofs of purchase from bags of Michigan apples. Forty schools throughout the state participated with the winners being randomly selected through a computerized drawing conducted by a third party.

Michigan Apple Committee, sponsor of the contest, and First Fulfillment, Inc. recently announced the following winners:

$3,000 recipients – St. Anthony of Padua School in Grand Rapids and Star School in Hastings $2,000 recipients – Fulton Elementary in Middleton and Alto Elementary in Alto $1,000 recipients – Clarenceville Middle School in Livonia and Ezra Eby Elementary in Napoleon

Denise Yockey, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee, said, “We are thrilled to see students developing healthy eating habits while at the same time, supporting the efforts of the 1,000 apple growers in the state. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

Michigan Apple School Sweepstakes originated to encourage the consumption of Michigan apples, raise awareness that most Michigan apples are sold in bags and learn more about the Michigan apple industry.

Due to excitement surrounding the program, which offered a total of $12,000 in prize money, Michigan Apple Committee will expand the competition next year to include separate contests for schools in Indiana and Illinois. The Michigan contest will also continue.

Information about the Michigan Apple School Sweepstakes, including official contest rules, can be found at MichiganApples.com/schoolsandkids. Any accredited public or private K-12 school in Michigan is eligible to participate.

The 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 by consumers in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit MichiganApples.com.