On Tuesday, May 24, Belfast Hannaford Store Manager Tim Grasse presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to Belfast Area High School Principal Stephen Fitzpatrick.

The $1,000 education grant was awarded to BAHS for raising the most dollars through the Hannaford Helps Schools program. In total, the school raised $3,187 — $2,187, plus the $1,000 grant check.

Under the terms of the program that ran from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5, shoppers could raise funds for local schools by purchasing participating products. More than 2,700 schools in five states participated in the program, raising more than $650,000 overall. In the 11 years since its inception, the Hannaford Helps Schools program has raised more than $6.75 million for participating schools.

There was no limit on the amount that could be raised by each school. Each store has awarded an additional $1,000 education grant to the one school registered with that store that raised the most funds. BAHS was Belfast Hannaford’s education grant winner.

“On behalf of Hannaford, it gives me great pleasure to present this check to Belfast Area High School,” said Grasse. “Hannaford is committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve, and I can’t think of a better way to do so then by investing in our local schools.”