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AKRON CENTRAL AWARDED $10,000 UNITED WAY GRANT

The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Akron Central School District to begin a family support center in the district.

"The new initiative is one of six similar programs in school districts across Erie County," United Way President Robert M. Bennett said.

The grant to the district, Bennett said, will help residents of Akron and Newstead with human service needs. Its program, he added, co-funded by the East Hill Foundation of Akron, a private family foundation that gives grants to organizations in Clarence and Newstead, will provide collaborative social services for substance abuse and domestic violence. Also, it will help improve parenting skills.

Bennett, who announced the grant, pointed to a "productive meeting" held June 3 where he met with school district representatives, town and village officials, and business groups to discuss ways in which the United Way might be able to work in partnership with the community to address critical issues.

The first family support center was established in the Sweet Home School District in 1993.

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