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J.H. House Elementary parent wins shopping spree contest

Keith McGiboney, Shop the Rock 2014 chair, congratulates April Shop the Rock Shopping Spree contest winner Stephanie Reyes. (Special Photo)

Keith McGiboney, Shop the Rock 2014 chair, congratulates April Shop the Rock Shopping Spree contest winner Stephanie Reyes. (Special Photo)

Shop the Rock, a local initiative that encourages Conyers-Rockdale residents to shop and support local businesses, recently unveiled the winner of its April $250 Shopping Spree Contest, according to a press release.

Stephanie Reyes, a parent at J.H. House Elementary School, is the April 2014 school contest winner. Reyes chose a total of 10 $25 gift certificates from the following participating Conyers-Rockdale businesses: Awake Coffee, The Chocolate Box, Conyers Flower Shop, Don Tello’s Tex Mex Grill, Fieldstone Jewelry & Pawn, Los Charros Mexican Restaurant, Rockdale Citizen, Scents for Funds, The Shadowood Agency and Whistle Post Tavern.

Each month during the school year, children in two Rockdale County elementary schools receive coloring handout sheets to take home to their parents. The Shop the Rock handout encourages the parents to enter online to win a $250 local shopping spree with their choice of gift certificates from a list of participating businesses. As part of the contest, the businesses sponsor contest prizes in return for advertising.

“This contest is a great outreach tool because it gets families working together to win prizes that they all can enjoy at local businesses here in Rockdale,” said Shop the Rock Chairman Keith McGiboney in a press release.

“There are no strings attached or pre-purchase of anything at all. We just want people to submit their entry, keep their fingers crossed and help us spread the word.”

In the release, McGiboney explained that money spent in the community has a far greater impact than shopping online or out of town and it supports the local tax base and services provided to the community.

“In a still struggling economy, spending money locally — where we make our living and raise our kids — can truly make a difference in our quality of life,” he said in the release.

The free contest runs through December and certificates will be awarded to each winner the following month. Residents must be 18 years of age or older to enter the contest and one entry per resident per month is allowed.

For more information, or to serve as a contest sponsor, please visit www.shoptherock.org.