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SABAH awarded $10,000 for autism program

The Skating Association for the Blind & Handicapped has received a $10,000 grant for its new Step-by-Step Skating Instruction Pilot Program, the organization announced this week.

The money is from the Mellanby Autism Foundation, established by Scott Mellanby of the NHL's St. Louis Blues and his wife, Susan, in honor of their son, Carter, who was diagnosed with autism in 1998.

SABAH and Summit Educational Resources are working together on the program, which focuses specifically on the needs of children with autism spectrum disorder. The instruction program is held Thursdays, from October through March, in the Amherst Pepsi Center.

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Buffalo Prep given grant for academic program

Buffalo Prep has been awarded a $450,000 grant toward the support of its Rising to Distinction program, it was announced Thursday.

The money, from the John R. Oishei Foundation, provides $150,000 a year for three years. The foundation's mission is to enhance the quality of life for Buffalo-area residents by supporting education, health care and scientific research, among other things.

Buffalo Prep is a nonprofit after-school program that prepares seventh- and eighth-grade pupils of color for success at local private and independent high schools. Pupils attend accelerated academic classes two nights a week after their regular school day, as well as every Saturday and five days a week during the summer.

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