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WEST Receives $2K Grant from Staples

School trust receives grant for curriculum enrichment programs.

Wrentham Elementary Schools Trust, Inc. (WEST) has been awarded $2,000 from Staples Foundation.

Ruth Walker, a Staples employee and Wrentham parent, nominated WEST to receive funding from Staples Foundation, which supports organizations that provide job skills and educational opportunities.

Since its inception in 2007, WEST has funded 41 educational grants totaling over $56,000. The Staples donation, along with other donations and proceeds from fund-raising events, will be used to fund teacher grants in early 2012, when WEST will announce the next round of grant award recipients.

These grants provide Wrentham Elementary students with curriculum enrichment programs that fall outside the reach of the schools’ current operating budget.

"We are honored to help WEST with its worthy endeavors to make a positive impact on the local community every day," said Amy Shanler, Director of Community Relations at Staples, Inc.

WEST president Audra Kennedy added, “We are very grateful to both Ruth Moore Walker, for her nomination, and to Staples Foundation, for recognizing WEST and allowing us to continue to support the Wrentham Elementary teachers and students with innovative and enriching educational opportunities.”

WEST relies on grants, donations and fund-raising events throughout the year, including their annual Comedy Night, an important event that funds many projects, set for March 10, 2012.

Wrentham Elementary Schools Trust, Inc. (WEST) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization responsible for raising private capital to fund innovative, educational projects for the Wrentham Elementary Schools. All monies are raised independently through fundraising, corporate sponsors, tax-deductible donations and matching corporate gifts.

For more information on WEST, including projects that have been funded for the children of Wrentham and how to donate, visit www.wrenthamwest.org.

-submitted by WEST.

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