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    Rutter's Offers Lesson in Giving

    Company donates to local education programs, including one for at-risk students.

    YORK, Pa. -- The Rutter's Cos., based here, announced it has donated $50,000 to the YWCA of York to help at-risk students, and presented another $25,000 in awards that will benefit programs in nine school districts across three counties.

    The YWCA's Quantum Opportunities Program seeks to increase the graduation rate and enrollment in post-secondary education among at-risk middle school and high school students in the city of York by providing education, service and personal development opportunities. The lounge area in the YWCA's Teen Center, which houses the Quantum program, will be named for Rutter's, according to the c-store retailer.

    Meanwhile, Rutter's made the following contributions to other school programs:

    -- $7,500 to the nonprofit Panther Foundation, which raises money to support the educational, cultural and athletic programs of Central York School District, York County;

    -- $5,000 to the Adams County Economic Education Foundation in support of three of its programs. The foundation is part of the Adams County Business Education Partnership, which works with six Adams County school districts to prepare students for post-secondary education and employment;

    -- $7,500 to the Dallastown Area Educational Foundation in the Dallastown Area School District, York County. The award will be used to develop Web-Assign, a Web-based homework service for advanced high school and college-level science classes; and

    -- $5,000 to the Waynesboro Area Business and Community Foundation, serving the Waynesboro Area School District in Franklin County. The donation will support the Adventures in Learning program, the Your Employability Skills (YES) program, as well as sponsorship of the foundation's 2008 golf tournament.

    "At Rutter's, we recognize that our communities are only as strong as the next generation of young people is," Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter's Farm Stores, said in a statement. "We're proud to support such a broad reach of programs that will have a positive effect on the lives of many students."

    Family-owned and third generation-managed, York-based Rutter's Cos. comprise Rutter's Farm Stores, Rutter's Dairy and M&G Realty, a real-estate holding company. The companies employ more than 1,000 people in central Pennsylvania.

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