Publix of Boone recently donated $10,000 worth of gift cards to Watauga County Schools teachers and staff as part of the store's Tools for School program that allows customers and associates to make donations at the point of sale.

More than 500 gift cards were sent to the WCS Central Office where they were distributed to each of Watauga’s schools to be used to purchase materials for classrooms. Each of Watauga’s classroom teachers received a card.

Watauga County Schools Superintendent Scott Elliott offered his thanks to Publix and to the customers and associates who chose to donate to the school system.

Publix Community Relations Manager Kim Reynolds said, companywide, the Tools for School program has raised more than $4.2 million dollars to help students who may not have basic learning materials to be successful.


Pictured: Publix Manager Mark Taggart presents Superintendent Scott Elliott with one of the more than 500 gift cards donated to the school system.