Marietta Community Foundation nears goal
MARIETTA — The Marietta Community Foundation has nearly reached the goal in its $60K for 6 campaign for schools for virus-related issues.
The campaign was announced in August to raise $60,000 to be equally allocated to the six school systems in Washington County, Marietta City Schools, Belpre City Schools, Fort Frye Local Schools, Warren Local Schools, Frontier Local Schools and Wolf Creek Local Schools.
Funds can be used for cleaning supplies, personal protection equipment, technology, meals for remote students, student success or mental health services.
The foundation has $7,140 remaining to be raised to meet the goal of $60,000. The foundation also is matching every donation up to $30,000.
Superintendents have endorsed the campaign.
“Children are our hope for the future. Our students from the youngest to the oldest deserve the best our community can give to them,” Andy Brooks, superintendent of Ohio Valley Educational Service Center, said.
It makes sense to work together to improve the collective of schools, according to Superintendent Kyle Newton of Warren Local Schools said.
“The six districts of Washington County are the backbone of our community, the hubs. They are at the center of community pride and rivalry,” he said. “Supporting an effort that improves schools, supports an effort that improves our community.”
Superintendent Will Hampton of Marietta City Schools is appreciative.
“Our only chance for our schools to succeed in safely opening is if the entire community commits to being safe,” he said. “It is a complete community effort, and the foundation’s incredible generosity is a clear statement that our community supports Marietta City Schools.”
Also appreciative is Stephanie Starcher, superintendent at the Fort Frye School District.
“I am very grateful that the six county school systems are going to receive a donation of $10,000 each from the Marietta Community Foundation to help us with COVID related issues,” she said.