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Niles, LaBrae schools receive $500 grant

The Spano Foundation contributed to help purchase school supplies.
Spano Foundation

YOUNGSTOWN — Niles and LaBrae schools are among those receiving a school supply grant of $500 from the Spano Foundation of Youngstown.

Indian Creek and Vinton County Local School District also are this year’s recipients.

The fund was established by the Spano Foundation to help primary and secondary school teachers, students and communities purchase much-needed classroom supplies for underprivileged students.

Anna Ratliff, a Niles kindergarten teacher, said in a news release that she 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 and sounds, and make words. The white boards can also be used by the children to support math.

LaBrae's Katie Kistler will be using her funds to purchase Prisma colored pencils and produce hand-made sketchbooks for the students in her high school art class.

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