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Grant will fund free supplies to local students and around state

A local nonprofit that provides free school supplies to teachers in impoverished schools will expand its reach thanks to a grant from National Grid.

National Grid awarded the Teacher's Desk, and its founder John Mika, a $25,900 grant to distribute 10,000 school supply kits to low-income kindergarten students in Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and Long Island.

The announcement came Thursday at the nonprofit on Northampton Street, with National Grid President John Bruckner and state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia on hand.

“The work that John Mika and his team do at the Teacher’s Desk is phenomenal,” Bruckner said. “We serve so many communities where families and schools struggle to provide their kids what they need to learn. Seeing what even small donations can do to fill those gaps is a real eye-opener."

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