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Friday, May 06 2016 @ 07:03 AM EDT

XACC Partners in Education Committee News

Students at Simon Kenton Elementary School in Xenia Monday received a much-needed box of supplies thanks to the generosity of the staff at Anderson-Williamson Insurance.    Through a cash donation by the agency to the Partners In Education Committee of the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, the school received 30 pairs of head phones for students to use when listening to reading lessons on a computer or cd-player.




The presentation to Xenia Community Schools Superintendent Deborah Piotrowski and Simon Kenton Principal Travis Yost was made by Matt Bennett from Anderson-Williamson Insurance and Partners In Education co-chairperson Stephanie Johnston.  The items were secured thanks to the efforts of committee member Megan Brugger from WBZI radio.

"This donation will certainly help our students as they work on their reading assignments," said Piotrowski.  "The committee is working hard to connect the business community to the needs of the district.  We hope to see more partnerships established as we end this school year and build momentum for next year."

Principal Yost said that the donations are needed and extremely helpful.

"Our students can use the headphones for the "Listening to Reading" program," said Yost. "This allows them to hear the words they are reading as they have the book right in front of them. We appreciate the community's support especially as the effort to gather donated items continues to grow.  We always have a need for the little stuff but it's the little stuff that adds up and puts pressure on our teaching staff.  The end goal is to raise student achievement and this donation helps with that.

The headphones were bought at chamber member Wal-Mart.  Additional supplies were purchased through chamber member Geyer Office Supplies and will be distributed at a school in-need in the district.  All of the items were secured at a discount rate.

"The Committee is seeing a  growing response to our request for school supplies," said Johnston. "We received two more emails this week from an individual and a business looking to help out the schools. We are thrilled to be a catalyst in  helping form these partnerships.  "

Johnston noted that anyone interested in donating school supplies can see the schools wish list by visiting the Xenia Chamber web site at and clicking on the Partners In Education Committee link on the left hand side. Cash donations are also being accepted. There is an email link on the committee's page to connect with Johnston or co-chairman Ron Bolender of the Greene County Career Center.

Pictured, left to right - Xenia Superintendent Deborah Piotrowski, Committee Co-Chair Stephanie Johnston, Matt Bennett from Anderson-Williamson Insurance and Simon Kenton Principal Travis Yost. Front row -  Kindergartner Caleb Sellers, fifth grader Gabby Hart and third grader Lukaya Laki.


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