Beginning Oct. 6, Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets customers can earn money for their local schools when they grocery shop through Giant/Martin's simple school fundraiser, A+ School Rewards.

There is no limit to what schools can do with their A+ School Rewards, including earning cash for school programs, technology, scholarships, field trips, playgrounds, and other educational needs.

To participate in the program and help local schools earn money, customers must sign up each year and designate up to two schools by visiting their local Ginat/Martin's or at www.giantfoodstores.com/aplus or www.martinsfoods.com/aplus.

A+ School Rewards are accrued with each purchase made using one's BonusCard beginning Oct. 6 and continuing through March 22, 2014. Customers are reminded to sign up or to re-designate their schools as soon as possible so their chosen schools can begin earning points when the program begins.

Now in its ninth year, Giant/Martin's customers have helped their local schools earn more than $16 million through A+ School Rewards.

Beginning in November, current school totals can be found on the A+ website at www.giantfoodstores.com/aplus or www.martinsfoods.com/aplus.