Winn-Dixie store No. 757 Store Director Donald Durham further strengthened his partnership with Central Park Elementary School Oct. 16 as store associates welcomed more than 150 kindergarten students for an exciting grocery store field trip.
Durham guided two groups of kindergartners and chaperones though his store to showcase various departments and let the visitors take part in hands-on activities. According to Durham, students and adults shared their excitement throughout the day.
“It is a win-win for us because we are able to interact with the students in a grocery environment, while the teachers and parents were thrilled to see Winn-Dixie involved with their school,” he said. “What began as an educational field trip has opened the door for parents and teachers to become customers at our store and support our partnership.”
In the produce department, the children learned the differences between various fruits and vegetables. They got to see a live lobster in the seafood department, and they saw how the store’s bakery department decorates cakes. They also learned the importance of temperatures and food safety in the meat department.
Their tour’s final stop was at the floral department, where the children worked together to create a floral arrangement, which was then donated to their teachers.
“Both our teachers and our students returned from Winn-Dixie raving about the experience provided by Donald and his team,” said Central Park Elementary School Assistant Principal Susanna Deutsch. “Going above and beyond is what makes an invaluable corporate partner and we can’t thank Donald for continuing to be there for Central Park Elementary.”
Durham and his associate team have worked for some time to cultivate a strong relationship with the neighborhood school through various in-store and school-based events.
A group of Central Park Elementary School kindergartners look on as they learn how cakes are decorated in the Winn-Dixie bakery department.
Students worked side-by-side to help create a floral arrangement, which was donated to the kindergarten teachers by Winn-Dixie.
Central Park Elementary School students learned the importance of food safety in Winn-Dixie’s deli department.