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For the fifth year in a row, the Boo Squad Fund is making it their mission to help families with Thanksgiving meals. The Thanksgiving Food Drive has always been near and dear to our hearts and this past Saturday, November 20, a drive-through giveaway at Struthers High School was done to distribute food to those in need. The donations were for the Struthers, Poland, Boardman, Lowellville, Hubbard, South Range, Howland, Springfield, East Palestine, and Campbell school districts. All recipients were chosen with the help of local school districts’ guidance counselors and/or principals who supplied lists of families they felt were in need and would benefit from the meal. This mission will serve over 213 families.

The Spano Foundation had the opportunity to deliver thousands of school supplies to 15 school districts these past two weeks. Because of the anonymous donation received earlier this year, in the amount of $27,000, the Anthony V. Spano Foundation with the help of Diagnostics Direct, Inc. was able to deliver 15 pallets of much-needed schools supplies to the following school districts in Ohio: Minerva Local, Lisbon Exempted Village School, East Liverpool, East Palestine, Hubbard, Crestwood, Mathews, Champion, Howland, United, Boardman, Niles, Garfield, Heartland Christian, and Wellsville.

These ladies showed up on their day off, got sweaty and all kinds of dirty, sorting through over 10 large pallets of school supplies that were donated. A huge thank you to Dawn Cameron Sharon Sinn Lauren Marie and Jennifer Grecko Quinlan (who brought 8 NHS girls from Boardman High School). Because of you ladies, we have 15 pallets loaded with school supplies for local schools that need them. #spanofoundation #schoolsupplies #teachersrock #schoolsecretaryoftheyear #boardmannhs #girlpower #2021summer #ivegotdirtinplacesididntknowihad #foundanotherboxofpens

For the fourth year in a row, the Boo Squad Fund has made it their mission to help over 200 families with Thanksgiving meals. “Many families have members who have been laid off from work and are struggling because of Covid-19,” stated Dr. Heather Hrina-Medvec, Boo Squad director. “The goal of this mission is to teach our youth to be thankful. Thankful for many day-to-day needs that we all take for granted.” The Boo Squad is a volunteer group for children ages 7-13. The Boo Squad teaches our children about teamwork, volunteerism, and compassion.

The 2019 President Volunteer Service Award Winners were handed out by Brenda Rider on December 7 to Cheryl Altizer, Janet Rogers & Julie McAllister Vugrinovich. “It’s very important to continue the tradition and recognize the kindness of others. So many volunteers work quietly to make a difference and the PVSA honors just that,” stated Brenda Rider. The Spano Foundation will be the sponsored organization for this award moving forward.

More info about the award can be found at

On January 23, the Spano Foundation in partnership with Staples Stores dropped off schools supplies to the Niles Intermediate School in Trumbull County (3-5 grades- Niles City School District) from it’s School Supplies Fund. These supplies will serve over 100 children in the school. More info on the fund click here.