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Spano Foundation delivers supplies to 15 school districts

Most of the donation will benefit Mahoning Valley students.
Mathews school supplies
These school supplies have been donated to the Mathews School District in Vienna. The Spano Foundation has delivered supplies to 15 districts over the past two weeks.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Anthony V. Spano Foundation has delivered thousands of school supplies to 15 school districts during the past two weeks.

Thanks to an anonymous donation of $27,000, the foundation teamed with Diagnostics Direct Inc. to deliver 15 pallets of schools supplies to these districts: Boardman, Howland, Hubbard, Niles, Lisbon Exempted Village School, East Liverpool, East Palestine, Mathews, Champion, United, Garfield, Heartland Christian, Wellsville, Crestwood and Minerva Local.  

"Students in K-4 will now be able to get much-needed supplies,” Kristine Frank, a second-grade teacher at Hubbard Elementary, said in a news release.

Melissa Kemats, Lisbon counselor, said, “This funding was a wonderful gift because not only did it serve our students, there were items for the teachers. There were so many supplies, for K-12, that the students and teachers appreciated.”

Kim Davis, intervention specialist at Minerva High School said, “We received school supplies to help those in grades 9-12 who couldn’t afford to purchase supplies.”

The Spano Foundation in 2016 created a fund to help primary and secondary school teachers, students and communities purchase classroom supplies for underprivileged students. For anyone who would like to contribute, visit

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