Be true to your school

LIHUE — With a Tuesday deadline looming, Kauai High School holds the lead in the “Shop and Score” program at Times Supermarket, a contest that can earn Hawaii schools thousands of dollars in new athletic equipment.

If groceries continue compiling, the contest could be in the bag.

“The program helps us tremendously,” said Dino Pabre, Kauai High School athletic director, whose school earned $16,000 through Shop and Score last year that went to baseball, track and field and softball uniforms.

While Kauai sits atop the list with 39,982 points, Waimea is hot on their heels at No. 2 with 34,887. Kapaa High School, at the No. 10 position, holds 24,354 points in the statewide event that started on Sept. 3. Island School is 43rd with 1,796 points.

“I didn’t know about the Shop and Score program until I saw the signs in the store,” said Treydon Miguel of Koloa, who was shopping this week at the store. “But I shop by looking at the prices, and if I get any points, it goes to Kauai High School because that’s where I go to school.”

The program, now in its 14th year, has raised $1.5 million statewide.

Here’s how it works: Shoppers earn one point for each purchase of a participating product. Once their order is totaled, they can donate their points to any of the 71 participating schools across Hawaii. There’s a $250,000 pot for the winners to divvy up. It’s divided up based on the percentage of points each school earned from all the points awarded. For example, if Kauai High School ended up with 25 percent of the total points, they’d take home a quarter of the cash pot, too.

The 22 stores include Big Save Shima’s and Fujioka’s Wine Times. Participating products are from Nabisco, Pepsi, Kimberly Clark, Pint Size, Quaker, Kellogg’s, Love’s, Darigold, Con Agra, Jubilee, Recitt Benckiser, Tyson, Crystal Farms, Farmer John, Diamond G, Sterline Silver and Paramount Distributed Produce.

American Savings Bank will also award $25,000 in scholarships to 17 outstanding students from participating Shop and Score schools.

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