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Wawa Launches New Rendelli Wrap Charitable Initiative to Benefit T.E.A.C.H. Proceeds Benefit Scholarship Program for PA Child Care Teachers.

WAWA, Pa., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Wawa, Inc. today announced the launch of the new Rendelli Wrap, created in honor of Governor Edward G. Rendell. The Rendelli Wrap, chicken strips with a bold and spicy Buffalo blue cheese spread on a hearty wrap, will be available in the more than 240 Wawa food markets throughout Pennsylvania for a limited time. Proceeds from the sale of the wrap will benefit the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) program.

"Inspired by the Governor's love of the game day favorite, we took buffalo chicken and blue cheese -- and wrapped it to go," said Dick Wood, President and CEO of Wawa. "Like the Governor, the Rendelli wrap is bold, zesty ... and it goes everywhere!"

Wawa selected T.E.A.C.H. as the recipient of charitable dollars generated from the sale of the Rendelli Wrap based on Governor Rendell's emphasis on early childhood education. T.E.A.C.H., a nationally licensed scholarship program, awards scholarships to professionals in child care, allowing them to attend college and pursue a degree or credentials in early childhood education. This donation will be designated for use in awarding scholarships for bachelor's degrees in early childhood education to child care professionals.

Speaking at the program launch in West Philadelphia, Governor Rendell praised the effort as an example of how Pennsylvania's corporations can be proactive partners with government in addressing public issues and needs.

"With so many of the Commonwealth's children in daycare environments, child care professionals can have an enormous impact on early learning and development," said Governor Rendell. "By supporting T.E.A.C.H., Wawa helps these caregivers gain the knowledge and skills they need to initiate and encourage the pre-school learning process, and helps Pennsylvania better meet its responsibility to our youngest citizens."

"Governor Rendell often has spoken of the need for Pennsylvania businesses and the state to work together to address areas of public need, and we have taken that message to heart," said Wood. "We are eager to support the Governor's efforts to make early childhood education available to all children in Pennsylvania, as this is an issue that impacts so many of our associates and customers."

"This is a wonderful opportunity to alert all Pennsylvanians that quality child care is important and having well-educated child care teachers who stay in the field is crucial to better care," stated Laurie Litz, T.E.A.C.H. Director. "T.E.A.C.H. has just begun offering scholarships for bachelor's degrees in early childhood education, and this funding will help create momentum for the program."

The history of the Rendelli sandwich extends beyond the current launch. In 1999, Wawa launched the original Rendelli sandwich in honor of Philadelphia's then-Mayor Edward G. Rendell's focus on literacy. Proceeds from the original Rendelli benefited Philadelphia Reads, a non-profit organization devoted to literacy for children.

About T.E.A.C.H.:

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood(R) PENNSYLVANIA works with providers, colleges and child care staff to offer scholarship programs and support systems that improve the education and compensation of child care workers. T.E.A.C.H. obtains its funding through grants from businesses, foundations and government. By helping to increase professionalism, raise wages and reduce turnover of child care staff, this public-private partnership brings higher quality care to Pennsylvania's children. T.E.A.C.H. is administered by the Pennsylvania Child Care Association. For more information, visit http://www.pacca.org/TEACH/.

About Wawa:

Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a processing plant in Wawa, Pennsylvania, in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness, and "certified" process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960's, Grahame Wood, George's grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, the company operates more than 540 stores in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

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