Hamilton County Department of Education Receives $10,000 Donation from Kangaroo Express and BP

Ten schools in Hamilton County will benefit from donations

Online PR News – 29-January-2012 – – Cary, N.C., Jan. 25, 2012 – The Pantry, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTRY), the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, today announced it has teamed up with BP’s Fueling Communities program to donate a total of $10,000 to the Hamilton County Department of Education. The donation will provide $1,000 to 10 schools in the district.

“This $10,000 donation will assist several schools in Hamilton County,” said Superintendent Rick Smith. “We are grateful to Kangaroo Express and BP for their donation. I am personally eager to watch as this donation helps our schools fund projects that will better the educational environment for our students.”
The schools receiving a donation in Hamilton County are Brainerd High School, Central High School, Center for Creative Arts, East Hamilton Middle/High School, East Ridge High School, Hixson High School, Lookout Middle/High School, Ooltewah High School, Red Bank High School and Soddy Daisy High School.

Check presentations for these schools will take place during school events throughout February and March. The first presentations will occur this Friday, Jan. 27 at halftime of the Hixson High boys basketball game and at halftime of the Ooltewah High School boys basketball game.

“Kangaroo Express doesn’t just do business here in Hamilton County. Our employees live, work, and have kids that go to school here,” said Chris Hughes, region sales director at Kangaroo Express. “We are more than proud to have this chance to support so many local schools and to give back to our local community.”

As part of the Fueling Communities program, Kangaroo Express and BP have allocated $30,000 to be distributed among three school districts in communities in which they operate. Charleston County School District, Hamilton County Schools and Wake County Public School System will each receive $10,000, to be split between 10 schools, each receiving a $1,000 donation.

About The Pantry and Kangaroo Express
Headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, The Pantry, Inc. is the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States and one of the largest independently operated convenience store chains in the country. As of December 9, 2011, the Company operated 1,627 stores in thirteen states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express®, its primary operating banner. The Pantry's stores offer a broad selection of merchandise, as well as fuel and other ancillary services designed to appeal to the convenience needs of its customers.

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