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Holley Rotary gives gift cards to school to help families in need

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 19 December 2017 at 9:55 am

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: Pictured from left includes Elementary School Principal Karri Schiavone, Board of Education member and Holley Rotarian John Heise, Holley Elementary Assistant Principal Tim Artessa and Jeff Martin, school district attorney and Holley Rotary Club member.

HOLLEY – John Heise, Holley School Board of Education member and member of the Holley Rotary, Monday night presented Holley Elementary Principal Karri Schiavone with $900 in $100 Wal-Mart gift cards to be distributed to students whose families are in need this holiday season.

The $900 in gift cards are part of a $1,600 donation the Holley Rotary is giving to families in the community this holiday through the school. Heise said one $100 gift card has already been presented to a local family, who could not afford to by groceries because of a needed car repair. Heise says he will be presenting Schiavone with the remainder of the gift cards in the near future.

School social workers spoke to the Holley Rotary in early November regarding the needs of families in the district, Heise said.

“The social workers do a tremendous job,” he added.

Schiavone thanked Rotary members for the donation.

“We have very giving students and families in the Holley community,” she said.

She and Heise noted the need seems to be greater this holiday for families who are struggling to make ends meet.

“This is a very generous community,” said Sue Cory, Middle School/High School principal. “The Wal-Mart cards are going to be a godsend. The spirit of Christmas is really alive and well here.”

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