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Rutter's Donates $75,000 to YWCA of York School Programs

Quantum Opportunities focuses on at-risk students

YORK, Pa. -- The Rutter's Cos. have donated $50,000 to the YWCA of York to help at-risk students and presented another $25,000 in awards that will benefit programs in nine school districts in three counties.

The YWCA's Quantum Opportunities Program seeks to increase the graduation rate and enrollment in post-secondary education among at-risk middle school and high school students in the city of York. The program provides education, service and personal development opportunities.

The Quantum Opportunities Program has the potential [image-nocss] to make a lifelong impact on the youth it serves, said Debra Stock, executive director of the YWCA of York. It can produce self-sufficient, responsible and community-minded citizens. The YWCA of York is grateful for Rutter's investment in the York community.

The lounge area in the YWCA's Teen Center, which houses the Quantum program, will be named for Rutter's.

Meanwhile, Rutter's made these contributions to school programs:

$7,500 to the non-profit Panther Foundation, which raises money to support the educational, cultural and athletic programs of Central York School District, York County. $5,000 to the Adams County Economic Education Foundation in support of three of its programs. The foundation is part of the Adams County Business Education Partnership, which works with six Adams County school districts to prepare students for post-secondary education and employment. $7,500 to the Dallastown Area Educational Foundation in the Dallastown Area School District, York County. The award will be used to develop Web-Assign, a Web-based homework service for advanced high school and college-level science classes. $5,000 to the Waynesboro Area Business and Community Foundation, serving the Waynesboro Area School District in Franklin County. The donation will support the Adventures in Learning program, the Your Employability Skills (YES) program, and sponsorship of the foundation's 2008 golf tournament.

At Rutter's, we recognize that our communities are only as strong as the next generation of young people is, said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter's Farm Stores. We're proud to support such a broad reach of programs that will have a positive effect on the lives of many students.

Family-owned and third generation-managed, the York-based Rutter's companies comprise more than 50 Rutter's Farm Stores, Rutter's Dairy and M&G Realty, a real-estate holding company.

[Pictures (l to r): Bev Koller, store manager, Rutter's Farm Stores; Debra Stock, executive director, YWCA of York; Kim Shultz, director of human resources, Rutter's; Kathleen Tunney, development director, YWCA of York; and Diane Quinn, customer service manager, Rutter's Dairy.]

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