Supermarket Sweep

Published 6:19 pm Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sandra Knight snags charcoal during her two-minute shopping spree Tuesday morning at Food World that she won as part of an Atmore Kappa League $1 raffle.|Photo by Adam Prestridge

The Atmore Kappa League held its own version of Supermarket Sweep Tuesday morning at Food World holding up its end of the group’s $1 raffle.

The winner, Sandra Knight, raced up and down the aisles filling her buggy to the top with mostly meat, paper products and grilling supplies. She said she did not have a plan heading into the two-minute shopping spree.

“It was great,” Knight said after her quick shopping trip. “I am just tired and out of breath, but it was fun.”

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Kappa League Advisor and Escambia County High School Principal Zickeyous Byrd said he was appreciative of Knight “taking it easy” on the group.

“I think the shopping spree went great,” he said. “To be honest, I expected the bill to be extremely high – more than what we sold in tickets. Mrs. Knight had a lot of mercy on us.”

Knight’s total in groceries was $185.32, which was lowered by $25 thanks to a gift card donation by Food World. Knight said she joked with Byrd prior to the shopping spree that she was heading for the high-dollar food items.

“I teased Mr. Byrd that I was going to get steaks, but I didn’t get a single one,” she said. “I skipped right over them.”

However, Knight did score a slab of ribs priced at nearly $25.

Byrd said that members of the Kappa League were asked to sell $1 raffle tickets for a chance at the shopping spree. He said $547 was raised for the inaugural event.

“We wanted to do something different,” he said. “As we all know, we have a lot of fundraisers around Atmore because of the financial burdens each organization carries in order to function. Kappa League wanted to do something useful and cheap. We all can spare a couple dollars, and we all need groceries.”

The money raised will be used to fund scholarships for our senior Kappa Leaguers, according to Byrd.

“The Kappa League of course would like to thank everyone who supported the raffle and the Kappa League Program,” Byrd said. “We also are thankful for Mr. (Alvin) Brown, the wonderful manager of Food World, for his contribution and support for our program. He was a wonderful sport for allowing this to take place.”

Knight purchased 10 tickets, including her winning one from her son, Jarvis, a member of Kappa League and a freshman at ECHS.

Kappa League is an organization oriented toward helping young men of high school age to grow and develop their leadership talents in every phase of human endeavor. It provides both challenging and rewarding experiences, which richly enhance their lives.