updated: 4/27/2012 12:45:21 PM

Kroger Distributing 'School Chooser' Guide

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The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) has begun distributing free copies of the "Indianapolis School Chooser" guide at 24 central Indiana stores. The publication contains information on public, private and charter schools in Marion County.

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April 27, 2012

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Kroger Central Division’s 24 stores in Indianapolis will distribute free copies of the “Indianapolis School Chooser” guide between Thursday, April 26th and Wednesday, May 9th. The 140-page guides published by GreatSchools and distributed by Stand for Children contain information on every school in Marion County, including all 11 public school districts, private schools and charter schools. The content includes programming information, key deadlines, transportation, fees and academic data.

There are limited quantities of the guides available. Of the 15,000 available, 2,400 will be distributed through Kroger stores. Limited quantities also will be available at school districts, library branches, churches and community centers. Parents can access the guide online and find training information at Stand’s website, www.stand.org/IN.

Kroger Quote:

According to Kroger Central Division Public Affairs Manager John Elliott, “Strong support of education is an important responsibility for Kroger as a dedicated corporate citizen. We are determined to have a strong, positive and measurable impact on students’ core skills, teaching excellence and leadership skills for principals. Parents and grandparents also are critical players in the process of educating children, but making the right choices can be a daunting and even frustrating challenge. The Indianapolis School Chooser guides distributed by Stand for Children are exceptionally well-written and contain nearly all the critical information parents or other adult decision-makers need to select the best possible school for their children. These guides will be very helpful to our Indianapolis community. Kroger is encouraging our own associates and customers to obtain a copy, access a parent training session, and make informed choices. As adults, we must do our homework, find our voice and speak out to protect not only the economic and workforce success of future generations, but the quality of life of successive generations.”

Stand for Children Quote:

“There is so much value in having quality education options for kids in Indianapolis. But if parents don’t know about all the options available to them, finding the right school becomes incredibly difficult,” said Stand for Children Indianapolis Director Karega Rausch. “This guide and the training sessions we offer will help parents make that search easier.”

For further information, please visit www.stand.org/in, send an e-mail to info@stand.org or call 317-759-2640.

The Kroger Co. has been serving local communities for 129 years. The Kroger Central Division has 139 food stores, 116 pharmacies and 69 fuel centers operating under four banners; Kroger, Scott’s, Owen’s and Pay Less, with locations primarily in Indiana and Illinois, in addition to five stores in Missouri, one in Michigan and one in Ohio. Kroger Central Division is dedicated to supporting every local community it serves, contributing more than $14.7 million in 2011 to local organizations, primarily focusing on hunger relief, K-12 education, health causes and diversity. The Kroger Co. was recently named the most generous company in America in a Chronicle of Philanthropy listing detailed in Forbes Magazine. At Kroger we value: honesty, respect, inclusion, diversity, safety and integrity.

Source: Kroger Co.

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