Employees of Brookshire’s Food Store, 7048 W. U.S. Highway 67, Alvarado, are volunteering assistance to the students and faculty of Alvarado Elementary North and Alvarado Elementary South as part of the Adopt-A-School program at Brookshire Grocery Company.

“We are thrilled to serve area children through our Adopt-A-School program and we are looking forward to the many activities we can plan with these schools,” said Jacob Wheat, store director. “I can think of no better feeling than contributing to our future - and our children are that future.”

Last year, employee volunteers assisted adopted schools in a variety of ways, including working at extracurricular activities, providing one-on-one tutoring for students and assisting teachers in their classrooms.

“This year almost 200 schools have been adopted by Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods Stores for the upcoming school year,” said Sam Anderson, director of public relations.

“It’s been exciting to watch the success and growth of the Adopt-a-School program each year since the effort began in 1987,” Anderson said. “Our partners thoroughly enjoy interacting with the students and the students reap the rewards of real-world role models. We expect this year to be our best ever.”

In the Adopt-a-School program, individual stores make a one-year commitment to provide local schools with volunteers.

“Our goal is to serve these schools to the best of our ability and in a manner that is most beneficial to the students,” Anderson said. “In doing so, we work closely with school officials to develop programs that best meet their specific needs.”

Stores may provide special interest speakers for classes, sponsor academic and achievement awards and offer class tours of stores to show students the internal operations of a grocery store.

Stores may also help by collecting clothes and other necessities for needy students and hosting fund-raisers for various school groups and organizations.