June 06, 2014
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Photo courtesy Daytona Beach News-Journal An Old Kings Elementary School student purchases a flower to benefit the school’s “The Leader in Me” summer training program.​

Lynette Monahan, a teacher at Old Kings Elementary School in Flagler Beach, Fla., turned to her neighborhood Winn-Dixie for support in a school Mother’s Day fundraiser and the partnership blossomed with success.

With the help from Palm Coast, Fla. Winn-Dixie store No. 2244 director Brian Brown, the school received more than 730 donated white, yellow and purple pompom daisies to sell to help raise funds. School faculty and students purchased the flowers for a dollar each.

All the money that was raised in the flower sales benefited “The Leader in Me,” a summer training program for school teachers and staff to help students with developmental disabilities learn leadership skills. The school will adopt the program school-wide in the fall.

I reached out to several contacts in the company and they were able to pull the donation together for us,” Brown said. “The children in the program were able to raise over $700 for the Mother’s Day fundraiser.”

Brown said the store’s community scan-based donation program also gives customers the option to make a donation to the elementary school as they purchase their groceries.

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