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TWINSBURG -- Preschool students at Wilcox Primary School will have an even wider array of toys and interactive materials with which to work thanks to the $4,678.29 donation in supplies and equipment from Faith United Methodist Church in Twinsburg.
The Twinsburg Board of Education approved the generous donation from the Post Road church April 19 after Faith United recently closed its own preschool program.
The Rev. Edgar Brady said that the church decided to close its preschool after 50 years due to declining enrollment.
"It's a way to help students learn and grow," Brady said April 19. "It's fitting some of the students honored here tonight here went to our preschool."
Scott Astey, assistant principal at Wilcox, said the lengthy list of items includes a kitchen play set, Duplo blocks, a Lego table and more.
"They were very well kept up and maintained," Astey said. "Children learn through play, that's our philosophy ... and they will get to do more of that. The preschool teachers were like little kids as they went through the materials."
Board President Mark Curtis said he was grateful for the donation.
"We really, truly appreciate your donation," Curtis said. "I was reading through the list and, wow. We are grateful you thought of the schools."
Brady said plans are in the works to use the space once occupied by the preschool for "another phase of the ministry." The church is looking to offer business-appropriate attire for those who are unemployed and looking for work, who might struggle to afford the cost of professional clothing.
Five teachers honored by Twinsburg Police Association
The Twinsburg Police Association honored five educators "who have gone above and beyond the call of duty," one from each building, at the April 19 Board meeting.
"They recognize and thank a teacher from each school who has exceeded expectations, who goes beyond the call of duty," said Ptl. Jeremy Mohorick, who presented the awards.
Recognized were Lauren Wilson, physical education teacher, Wilcox Primary School; Mary Labus, second grade teacher, Bissell Elementary School; Liz Brindley, fourth grade teacher, Dodge Intermediate School; Jillian Carter, intervention specialist, R.B. Chamberlin Middle School; and Teri Keller, social studies Teacher, Twinsburg High School.