Stater Bros. Honors Local Hero Jordan Romero, Youngest Person to Reach Summit of Mount Everest

$10,000 Donation from Stater Bros. Charities will help Bear Valley Unified School District After School Homework Program

Jun 17, 2010, 13:57 ET from Stater Bros.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Stater Bros. was proud to join a crowd of over 500 local Big Bear residents to welcome Jordan Romero and his family home from their remarkable climb to the summit of Mount Everest.  Held on Wednesday, June 9, the "Welcome Jordan and Live Your Dreams" Fair celebrated the achievements of 13-year-old Jordan Romero and his father and stepmother, who all reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 22, 2010.  

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Stater Bros. Big Bear Supermarket Manager, Rick Jaeger, personally presented a $10,000 check to Jordan for the Bear Valley Unified School District's After School Homework Program, which is Jordan's favorite charity.  Big Bear Mayor Liz Harris thanked Jordan for dedicating the funds to such a worthy cause and further stated, "As a community, we truly appreciate Stater Bros. and Stater Bros. Charities and their amazing gift to help ensure that our middle school students receive the additional support they need to be successful."

Stater Bros. Chairman and CEO Jack H. Brown stated, "This was an incredible accomplishment from such a young man, and we felt that the best way to honor his determination and drive was to make a meaningful donation to the charity of his choice."

About Bear Valley Unified School District After School Homework Program

Big Bear Middle School's Homework Club has been a successful program for students to work on assignments after the school day since 1999.  Two certified teachers (one special educator, one regular educator) are available to assist students with their assignments Monday through Friday from 2:05 p.m. -3:15 p.m. The ideal ratio of teacher to student is 14:1.    Homework club is a suggested intervention for students whose grades are slipping. The goal is to provide a safe and quiet work space for students who might otherwise not have these options available at home. Students have access to computers to work on projects as well as one-on-one or small group instruction.  Make up tests are also given during Homework Club.  To sum it all up, one of the 7th grade special needs students said, "I would not have passed 7th grade if not for my Homework Club!"

About Stater Bros. Markets

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2009 of $3.77 billion.  The Company currently operates 167 Supermarkets, and there are over 19,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  Last year, Stater Bros. donated more than $14 million in support of nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves and is the proud recipient of the "2010 Community Service Award" from America's Supermarket Industry.

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