Score by shopping

LIHUE — Henry Hee did not know his dinner Tuesday night could help one of four high schools on Kauai.

“I didn’t realize that,” Hee said, placing his frozen dinners on the checkout counter of the Times Supermarket at the Kukui Grove Center. “This is the first time I’ve picked up anything like this. Naturally, the credit goes to Kauai High School. Now, I gotta start looking more carefully.”

Under the Times Supermarket/Big Save stores’ Shop and Score program, shoppers selecting products from participating sponsors can earn points for one of four Kauai high schools — Kauai, Kapaa, Waimea, and Island School. The program started Sept. 7 and runs until Oct. 18.

Once the shopping period ends, points are tallied and the schools get to share in $250,000 of Adidas uniforms and sports equipment.

Last year, Times Supermarket presented the schools of the Kauai Interscholastic Federation with a check for more than $39,000 from the Shop and Score program.

“I didn’t hear about this,” said Collyne Murata, another Times’ shopper. “I use products from some of these sponsors. I would give the credit to my alma mater, but that’s on Oahu, so I guess I’ll credit my daughter’s future school — Kapaa.”

Participating sponsors include Pepsi, Roman Meal, ConAgra Foods, Farmer John, Kellogg’s, Diamond G Calrose Rise, Dreyers, Kraft Heinz, Mondelez International, Gatorade, Chicken of the Sea, Darigold, Crystal Farms, Reckitt Benckiser, Sterling Silver, Tyson, Kimberly-Clark, Paramount Export, Sports Line and American Savings Bank.

“Every week, we have items from some of these sponsors on sale,” said Carlina Morden, Times Supermarket manager. “We also have posters and Shop and Score stickers for some of the items on sale. Additionally, each week’s advertising features a different high school from around the state. Last week, it was Maui. I don’t know when any of the Kauai schools will be featured.”

Each participating product purchased earns one point for the beneficiary school.

Additionally, American Savings Bank, a supporter of the Shop and Score program, will award $25,000 in scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year.

She said most of the shoppers are designating Kauai High School as the points recipient, although she has had requests for the other schools as well.

“This is Lihue,” Morden said. “So it’s only natural, they support the school in this town.”

Tailgating fans at the Kauai Interscholastic Federation football game were also unaware of the program that can help the high school’s athletic programs.

“I use products from these sponsors,” one said. “If I had known, we would have bought those items because it helps the school.”

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