The Niles City Schools (Trumbull County), LaBrae Local Schools (Trumbull County), Indian Creek School District (Jefferson County, outside Steubenville), and Vinton County Local School District (Vinton County, South of Columbus) are this year’s recipients from the School Supplies Fund grants. Each recipient received a grant for $500.
The Fund was established by the Spano Foundation of Youngstown, Ohio, in 2016 to help primary and secondary school teachers, students, and communities to help purchase much-needed classroom supplies for their underprivileged students. During this difficult time, the foundation thought it would be right to give out money from the fund now, instead of in the future. The time is now to help out our children in their time of need.
Sarah Hibbits, a 2nd-grade teacher in the Indian Creek School District, will be using the funds to purchase school supplies, including crayons, pencils, erasers, markers, glue, highlighters, dry erase markers, folders, journals, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant spray, paper towels, disposable masks, and mice for computers. It will also be used to purchase water bottle holders, individual bags of toys/games, individual bags of books, Wiggle Stools and cushions, and Bouncy Bands.
The Spano Foundation has a strong focus on children and we are proud to partner with a variety of businesses to help fulfill some needs for school districts and their students.
Amanda Frasure, a 5th-grade teacher in the Vinton County Local School District, will be using her funds to help purchase pencil boxes with pencils, erasers, scissors, crayons, glue, highlighters, and a book bag to transport it from location to location for her students.
Katie Kistler, of LaBrae Local, will be using her funds to purchase Prisma colored pencils and produce hand-made sketchbooks for the students in her high school art class.
Anna Ratliff, a Kindergarten teacher of Niles City Schools, intends on using her funds to purchase magnetic foam letters and magnetic white boards for each student. With these materials, she could work with students on an individual basis helping them to learn and master their letters, sounds, and make words. The white boards can also be used by the children to support math.
You can also be part of stimulating the imaginations of our area youth by donating to the School Supplies Fund. You can Donate Now at www.SpanoFoundation.com/SchoolSupplies and all donations are greatly appreciated.
The Anthony V. Spano Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and fiscal sponsor who seeks to positively affect the lives of individuals and families in need. We do so by providing a healthier, sustainable quality of life and helping individuals and groups with their philanthropic passions. We help turn these passions into an impactful mission.