The Wheaton Schools presented L & S Foods with the Friend of Education award outside of the grocery store. Pictured above, from left to right: Naomi Austin, Wheaton Elementary principal; Traci Mitchell, Wheaton High School principal; Steve Horine, L&S owner; Dr. Lance Massey, Wheaton superintendent; and Doretta Fox, Wheaton Special Services Director.
November 23, 2016
A local business received a high honor for supporting Wheaton School. L & S Foods was awarded the Friends of Education Award by the Southwest Center’s Board of Directors after being nominated by Wheaton High School principal Traci Mitchell.
The Southwest Center for Educational Excellence is a group dedicated to help schools improve through support. Each November, the Southwest Center awards the Friend of Education Award of Excellence, and this year, Wheaton’s own grocery store earned it.
Mitchell summarized L& S’s contributions to the school for the nomination and showcased the commitment of owner Steve Horine. She said L & S provides support to the school through multiple avenues, like donations of food, supporting clubs and the yearbook, as well as other needs that come up throughout the year.
Mitchell said, “In fact, we sometimes feel extremely guilty when a need arises and he is asked to help again and again. Steve always has a smile on his face and never bats an eye. He states, ‘Just let me know what you need.’”
While Horine did provide food and donations to ballgames, raffles, school carnivals and the clubs and organizations, he also provided a venue for the school to reach out into the community. For example, Horine allows the Wheaton FFA to sell mums, potted plants and other items in front of his store. He has also helped to provide and store fresh fruit and vegetables for the students. Mitchell said, “This service has allowed us to provide students with high quality produce without waste and storage.”
Mitchell said, “Without L & S Grocery, I am convinced our students would not be able to participate or engage in many of the educational opportunities he makes possible.”
She added, “We are extremely grateful for the support and services Steve provides to the Wheaton School District.”