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YORK, Pa. -- On a recent trip to the Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania, Rutter's Farm Stores president, Scott Hartman, spoke to 100 fifth-graders from Ore Valley Elementary School on the importance of giving back to the community and the Earth, and also donated $100,000 to the group, the company stated.
One of the group's programs, JA BizTown, promotes financial literacy through a classroom course, as well as a visit to an interactive simulated town comprised of 14 shops, including a Rutter's-sponsored cafe, the company stated. The program is open to students in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry and York counties.
In the town square, Ore Valley students listened to Hartman, who was presented by Maxwell Lohss, a student that served as the mayor. Lohss also presented Hartman with a proclamation declaring "Rutter's Day," and in return, Hartman handed him 10 stuffed Rutter's cows.
"The mayor's job is going to be to listen to his citizens," Hartman told students. "And he's going to have to decide who comes up with the best ideas. And he'll give a cow to the 10 best ideas on how to make this a better community."
During his visit, Hartman discussed the importance of companies giving back to the community, both financially and by caring for the environment. Hartman also gave an interview to the town's WBIZ-TV, where student reporter Thomas Kauffman asked what "green" meant to Hartman, who replied it involved looking after the planet so that "we can live on it in a nice way for a long, long time."