During the whole month of October, $1 from every Hannaford Helps bag sold at the Hannaford Saco will go to the Headmaster's Student Assisstance Fund at Thornton Academy. The HSAF benefits students in need at TA by providing them with free breakfast, lunch, and other necessary school supplies. Bags (pictured below) can be purchased on the racks near the cash registers at the Saco Hannaford. For the $1 to be donated to Thornton Academy, the bag purchased must be the one below and this is only valid at the Saco Hannaford.
Since 2015, the Hannaford Helps Bag Program has raised over $350,000 for charitable causes throughout New England. By simply purchasing the reusable bag pictured above, $1 of the bag's proceeds go directly to the designated cause of the month. Causes are selected by the local store to maximize the impact these donations will have on the community.
Started in 2014, the Headmaster's Student Assistance Fund benefits students in need at Thornton Academy. As Thornton Academy does not receive funds from the State or Federal government to provide free or reduced meals to its students, Headmaster Rene Menard '88 started this fund to raise money to support the Academy's neediest students.
The HSAF provides free breakfast, lunch, and school supplies to all students who request assistance. Additionally, the HSAF will cover school-related costs for students such as glasses, sports equipment, and books on an as-needed basis. Headmaster Menard and the rest of the Thornton Academy staff are determined to offer all opportunities possible for students to be successful.
Currently, the HSAF is funded by private gifts from alumni and other donors. At our annual spring Auction, donors give generously during the "Fund-A-Cause" portion of the live auction, in addition to other donations that come in throughout the year.
To make a donation to the Headmaster's Student Assistance Fund, visit www.thorntonacademy.org/give