December 06, 2013
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From left:  Pines Lakes Elementary volunteers, Winn-Dixie Service Area Manager Carlos Colon, Assistant Store Director Harry Marcus, Store Director Juan Cruz, Pines Lakes volunteer, Assistant Principal Cormic Priester and two high school volunteers, foreground.​

Pembroke Pines, Fla. Winn-Dixie store No. 209 Store Director Juan Cruz hosted the store’s first Math Night Oct. 16, and as the store welcomed more than 200 Pines Lakes Elementary School staff and families, the store deepened its roots in the community.

After kicking off the partnership in May, Cruz and his team have participated in Teacher’s Appreciation Week, as well as an Open House event. For Cruz, the Math Night marked an opportunity to directly connect Pines Lakes Elementary School families with their local grocer.

“Throughout the stores I have worked with at Winn-Dixie, I’ve never seen such a great reception for a Math Night event,” said Cruz. “Being able to welcome students, parents and staff members as they arrived at our store was another great opportunity to be an integral part of the community.”

Winn-Dixie staff, along with Pines Lakes Elementary administrators and teachers welcomed eager students. Families toured the store to solve their assigned grocery-related math questions, enjoying snacks and refreshments along the way.

Many students were excited to see the Winn-Dixie posters they created to promote the event on display throughout the store.

“We want to thank Juan and Winn-Dixie for providing an outstanding event,” Pines Lakes Elementary School Assistant Principal Cormic Priester said. “Everyone at Pines Lakes Elementary School is very thankful for Winn-Dixie’s dedication and we know this was another great stepping stone to building on our wonderful partnership.”

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Students created their own posters for the Math Night at Winn-Dixie store No. 209 in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

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