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GARELICK FARMS' SCHOOL DONATION PROGRAM GENERATES MASSACHUSETTS 'MILK MONEY' OF $168,000

 GARELICK FARMS' SCHOOL DONATION PROGRAM
 GENERATES MASSACHUSETTS 'MILK MONEY' OF $168,000
 FRANKLIN, Mass., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Garelick Frams is sending out checks totaling over $241,679, this week to more than 400 school districts in Massachusetts and three other New England states, Alan J. Bernon, the company's president announced today.
 The funds were generated by Garelick Farms' school donation program -- "BACK TO SCHOOLS: Building Strong Bodies and Strong Minds." The Bernon family, owners of Garelick Farms, instituted the three-month program last November in an effort to help public schools maintain sports, fitness, and other special activities in the face of severe budgetary cutbacks.
 As a result of the programs, Massachusetts school districts are receiving $168,000, based on a percentage of the amount of milk sales at stores in each district. Among the largest recipients are Boston Public Schools, $13,365; Worcester, $8,236; Brockton, $3,569; Fall River, $2,878; New Bedford, $2,486; Lynn, $1,737; Lowell, $1,275; Springfield, $1,627; and Chicopee, $1,800.
 The other states benefiting from the program include Rhode Island $32,544, Connecticut $28,190, and New Hampshire $12,945.
 "We are very pleased with the program from a number of respects," Bernon said. "First we were able to meet our financial goal. Second, to reach that goal, we received the enthusiastic support of so many people the region. And third, the funds we generated will be able to be put to work almost immediately to help preserve and strengthen numerous worthwhile school activities."
 Bernon also said that he and his family were "gratified that we were able to respond in a meaningful way to the urgent callls we heard for business-government partnerships in general -- and private education support initiatives in particular. In addition to the obvious financial benefits we know that this program has already had a positive effect on the morale of personnel in many school districts. And it has inspired other companies to participate in our program on a matching basis or to consider setting up similar programs of their own."
 Garelick Farms owned and operated by the third generation of its founding family, is the largest, independently owned dairy in the nation. Currrently celebrating its 60th anniversary, the company has a long established tradition of philanthropic support for civic, educational, medical, and social service causes.
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 /CONTACT: Diane Davis or Arthur Dimond for Garlick Farms, 617-859-0515/ CO: Garelick Farms ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:


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