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Donation from United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is part of 'United for Classrooms' grant and totals $20,800.

Elementary students in the Woodburn School District will benefit from a recent United Way grant to each classroom in the amount of $200.

The "United for Classrooms" grant funds are to be used for basic needs which often inhibit students from fully engaging in learning. Elementary teachers will be able to spend the funds as best fits their classroom's needs, whether that's stocking up on hand sanitizer and boxes of tissues, or having a spare winter coat on hand. Donated funds are restricted from use for field trips, curriculum or personnel costs.

The United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley developed the United for Classrooms program to help students in need. The program is committed to give $200 to every elementary classroom in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. Woodburn School District has 104 elementary classes and will receive a total gift of $20,800.

"We're grateful to the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley for supporting our students, and our teachers," said Superintendent Chuck Ransom in a press release. "Teachers are usually the first to spot an unmet need and often reach into their own pockets to provide for their students."

"Teachers are our first responders to kids," said Ron Hays, executive director of United Way, in the release. "As a former EMT and first responder, I understand how vital support can be in this environment. United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is committed to addressing childhood poverty and helping to eliminate that barrier to learning."

Woodburn School District will report back to United Way in the spring regarding how funds were used.

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