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June 19, 2014

Derry donation supports local middle schools

Community steps up to support local students

DERRY — A local woodworking business joined forces with other community members to make sure students have all the school supplies they need.

Frank Leblanc, owner of American Pride Woodworking, recently donated wooden book bins filled with school supplies to Gilbert H. Hood and West Running Brook middle schools.

The effort joined Leblanc with Community Alliance for Teen Safety, residents of the Granite House, and the Fostering Student Connections at Pinkerton Academy to create and fill the bins with books, notebooks and other school supplies.

The community supported the project by donating the supplies.

Leblanc began his wooden bin mission by enlisting the help of the nearby Granite House residents on West Broadway. He said it not only teaches the young men the fine points of construction, but also teaches the transitional living residents about life and helping others.

“Getting that hands-on experience is big,” Leblanc said. “Turning it into community service is great.”

Once the bins were built, Pinkerton students put on the finishing touches.

The boxes were then placed at businesses all over the area to be filled with school supplies. The donation was made June 10 at the Community Alliance for Teen Safety office. School district social workers Pam Richard and Maryanne Taylor accepted the filled bins.

Richard said the project was a great community effort and many children will benefit from the supplies.

There is a lot of need in the school district, she said.

“A lot of times the children come in and don’t have all these supplies,” she said.

She said the recent donation will give many students a good start to the new school year.

Leblanc serves on the Community Alliance for Teen Safety board and hopes to continue with more community projects. He said he likes to put his woodworking talents to good use and utilize the skills of other community members, including students doing community service work.

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