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Niagara University's service-learning program will continue in the 1997-98 academic year, thanks to grants from three private funds, university officials said.

The grants total $72,834. They come from the McGowan Charitable Fund of Washington; the William Radner Fund of Chicago; and the Providence Fund of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, whose provincial offices are at Stella Niagara in Lewiston.

The grants replace money from the federal government's Corporation for National Service, which lapsed after three years.

Under the service-learning program, Niagara students serve in the local community. Over 1,800 students were involved during 1996-97.

For example, education students served as tutors in Niagara Falls public schools; nursing students staffed a health assessment clinic at the Niagara Community Center and Girls Club; communication students worked on a domestic violence project at the Niagara County district attorney's office.

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