Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market last week announced nine schools in Hesperia earned $3,097 through its fifth-annual "Shop for Schools" fundraising program.

More than 2,700 schools actively participated in Shop for Schools this school year, earning more than $2.1 million collectively.

Schools located within a three-mile radius of any Fresh & Easy store can participate in the Shop for Schools program. For every $20 spent at a Fresh & Easy store from Sept. 12 through Dec. 31, 2012, participating schools received a $1 donation simply by collecting receipts. In addition, registered schools could also participate in Shopping Nights, which are in-store fundraising events where schools earned 5 percent of the total sales during their designated evening.

More than 2,200 schools participated throughout California, raising a combined total of over $1.7 million.

"Schools in our neighborhood continue to struggle for funding right now, which is why we're so happy to donate $3,097 to them to use for whatever they need most," said Marianne Gilbert-Engdall, Inland Empire Shop for Schools Regional Coordinator. "We are thrilled to be able to help our schools raise much-needed money and look forward to helping them earn even more this fall."

Shop for Schools was launched in spring 2009 as a way to help local schools offset budget cuts. To date, schools have raised more than $6.1 million through Fresh & Easy's fundraising program, which will be launching again in fall 2013. More information about the program can be found at