High School Student Puts Smiles on Voters' Faces This Election Season

Teen Earns Seat as Sophomore Class Treasurer with Help from SmileyCookie.com

Oct 29, 2010, 15:34 ET from SmileyCookie.com

ONLEY, Md., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Evan Schwartz, 15, may not be running for a seat in the senate, or campaigning for congress, but he knows getting voters attention during election season begins with putting a smile on constituents' faces- 25 dozen to be exact.

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Schwartz passed out 300 Smiley Cookies to his classmates during his campaign for sophomore class treasurer at Sherwood High School in Olney, MD, encouraging them to vote. His idea to order from SmileyCookie.com made a bold statement alongside his candy-giving running mates.

"Everyone loved the Smiley Cookies from SmileyCookie.com. I got a great response from my friends and teachers, and people are already talking about my campaign next year," said Schwartz, who plans to order from SmileyCookie.com again when he runs for Sherwood High School's Student Government Association as a junior.

Pittsburgh-based Eat'n Park, a family dining restaurant chain with locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, made the Smiley Cookie famous over the last two decades and recently expanded their availability through SmileyCookie.com. The Schwartz family learned about the cookies thanks to visits from relatives in Pittsburgh, who brought Smiley Cookies to family events.

SmileyCookie.com conveniently delivers gourmet Smiley Cookies fast and fresh to all 50 states. A line of cookie gift baskets is available for virtually every occasion, including birthdays, get well, thank you, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, and Valentine's Day, with cookies taking the shape of jack-o-lanterns, Christmas trees, holiday stars, hearts, shamrocks, and bunnies.

Custom, or personalized, cookies can be ordered in a variety of colors. A dozen Smiley Cookies start out at $11.99, plus shipping. Orders more than $40 receive free shipping, and each gift order is backed by a 100 percent guarantee. All cookies are trans fat-free.

It's difficult to say if the cookies were pivotal in his win, but this is the second year he has passed out Smiley Cookies and emerged victorious. Last year, Schwartz used Smiley Cookies to campaign for freshman class treasurer. They were so well liked that he ordered twice as many during this year's run for office.

"Politicians running for government positions in Washington, DC, or Maryland, could take a cue from Evan," said Robyn Schwartz, Evan's mother. "When he discovered the same fresh-baked Smiley Cookies available at Eat'n Park restaurants could be ordered online, he thought it would be a great way to get voters' attention at school."

For more information, or to order Smiley Cookies, visit www.SmileyCookie.com.

About Eat'n Park

Since 1949, Pittsburgh-based Eat'n Park Restaurants has been a family-owned restaurant chain, serving guests across 76 Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia locations. Its 8,000-plus team members are proud to support a growing number of community initiatives, including raising more than $7 million for children's hospitals, and pioneering the use of sustainable agriculture practices with local farmers through the chain's FarmSource program.  The company also donates more than 200,000 Smiley Cookies – the brand's iconic symbol – every year to community events.  

Eat'n Park was recognized nationally by the Points of Light Foundation as one of the country's leading organizations in promoting volunteerism, as well as a national recipient of the prestigious American Business Ethics Award.  It is a division of the Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, which also operates concepts focused on personalized dining, including Parkhurst Dining Services (contract dining), CURA Hospitality (senior living facilities) and Six Penn Kitchen (upscale, casual dining). www.eatnpark.com.

SOURCE SmileyCookie.com