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Guest Grocery Baggers’ School Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane and Saleem Ghubril from The Pittsburgh Promise to ‘Bag and Gab’ about The Promise at the Shadyside Market District

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane and Pittsburgh Promise Executive Director Saleem Ghubril will volunteer as “guest grocery baggers” to support the current in-store, at-the register promotion for shoppers to make donations to The Pittsburgh Promise, a scholarship program aimed at removing the financial barrier to higher education for eligible students graduating from the Pittsburgh Public Schools. From 12 noon - 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 14, at the Shadyside Market District, Dr. Lane and Mr. Ghubril will begin guest bagging and talking with customers about the scholarship program for city school graduates.  The Shadyside Market District is located at 550 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

For the past several weeks, 10 City of Pittsburgh Giant Eagle and Market District stores have been conducting an at-the-register campaign for shoppers to make donations to The Pittsburgh Promise. Dr. Lane and Mr. Ghubril  want  to thank shoppers for their support and be available to talk about the scholarship program and student achievement at the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Donations of $2 and $5 will be accepted at all check-out registers  through Saturday, April 28, at 10 participating Giant Eagle city supermarkets, including:   the Squirrel Hill, Greenfield, Brighton Heights, Parkway Center, Crafton, North Side, East Hills, South Side, and Shakespeare Giant Eagle locations, as well as the Shadyside Market District.  Shoppers simply need to ask their cashier, or prompt the self-check-out terminal, to add the donation to their grocery total.

Since 2008, The Pittsburgh Promise has awarded more than $25 million in scholarships to more than 3,200 graduates of the Pittsburgh Public Schools.  This year, during the 100th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the first class of Promise scholars will complete their four-year college program.