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Donations make holidays brighter for U46 students in need

U46 Superintdent Jose Torres.  | Sun-Times Medifile

U46 Superintdent Jose Torres. | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: January 7, 2014 6:29AM

ELGIN — Dozens of School District U46 students will have a brighter holiday season this year thanks to the generosity of several of the district’s area business partners, according to a release from the district.

Wells Fargo in Elgin, the Wisdom Family Foundation, and Meijer made donations to help students in need during the holiday season. Additionally, Jenny and Tyler Diciolla, owners of Lifeline Plumbing in Elgin, donated more than 40 turkeys to U46 families in need, the release said.

“U46 is fortunate to have so many wonderful business partners who — without ever being asked — graciously give to help students in need,” said Superintendent José Torres.

A longtime U46 supporter, the Wisdom Family Foundation provided a generous grant for Project Access, the district’s homeless education program, according to U46. The grant will cover costs to allow homeless students to receive emergency transportation, attend field trips, and enjoy other educational experiences. Since 2007, the program has grown from serving about 360 students to serving more than 750 students today, the release said.

Wells Fargo Bank in Elgin will adopt 10 students for Christmas, providing students in need with clothes, toys and other items included on the students’ wish lists. Elgin’s Meijer supermarket will donate 75 backpacks for students who do not have one. Students to receive the gifts will be selected through the Project Access Program, according to the release.

“Many of our homeless students don’t know where they are going to sleep from one night to the next, so these donations will certainly give them a little extra holiday cheer,” said Maggie Schroeder, U46 Homeless Liaison/Project Access coordinator. “I’m grateful our business partners see the positive impact Project Access is having on students in need. These investments truly do make a difference.”

Families from the Bartlett community also contributed to Project Access, including the Grosam family, Kirkby family, Smith families, and Czyz family, the release said.

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