Metro invites students to bite into its Green Apple School Program

Initiative encourages Ontario students to make a difference in their schools and communities
by thinking and acting "green"

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - Metro's Green Apple School Program has launched to encourage students to implement positive change that will benefit the environment. Since it first began in 2009, the program has encouraged thousands of elementary and secondary school students to employ "green" thinking and healthy living in their schools and communities. Metro supports the program by awarding $1,000 grants to Ontario elementary and high schools to help them develop and execute green community projects.

Since the program's inception, Metro has awarded over 1,500 grants to schools that demonstrated how their "green" ideas would positively impact their school or community. Schools submitted projects that focused on environmental protection such as conservation and composting systems.

"Our Green Apple School Program has received tremendously positive feedback and response from students and teachers so we are thrilled to provide this initiative once again," said Johanne Choinière, Senior Vice President, Metro Ontario Inc., "Metro believes that every act of green counts. Not only do we want to encourage students to improve the well-being of their schools and communities, but we also want to help them bring these ideas to life."

All elementary or secondary schools in Ontario are eligible for Metro's Green Apple School Program. Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2011 with grants being awarded throughout the year for ideas that creatively meet the program criteria. Teachers and students can log onto www.greenapplegrants.com  to learn more information.

About Metro Ontario Inc.
Metro is a Canadian company with annual sales of over $11 billion and over 65,000 employees and is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical sectors in Quebec and Ontario, where it operates a network of more than 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores mainly under the Brunet, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

SOURCE Metro Ontario Inc.

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