The winner of the $500 grant in school, classroom and office related supplies is Jill Radler, 7 through 12 grade Special Education Intermediate Autism teacher at Ottawa-Glandorf High School in Ottawa, Ohio and employed by the Putnam County ESC.
“If I had the Keurig B150 from Friends’ Coffee Club I could continue our school coffee cart program,” insists Radler in her essay to FBS’s Board of Directors. “This is a program in which I teach my students, who have severe autism and who are mainly non-verbal, about daily living skills such as preparing food and beverages.”
FBS will award Radler products for her coffee cart autism program at up to a $500 value and will include a Keurig B150 single-cup coffee machine as well as various boxes of coffee, tea and hot chocolate which the company sells in their catalog.
The remaining four winners of the grant monies will also receive the products requested in their essays from the FBS catalog at values of $300, $200, $100, and $100, respectively. Additional recipients were Mrs. Kim Kladitis of Farrell Area School District in Pennsylvania, Michelle Knippen of Wapakoneta High School in Ohio, Janice Schelien of Stow-Monroe Falls City School District in Stow, Ohio, and Kyle Kesselring of Diley Middle School in Pickerington, Ohio. All schools are current customers of FBS.
“Thank you for making this opportunity available to teachers,” states Kladitis. “As you are all aware, many of us are searching for ways to find funds that will better the states of our classrooms.”
Tens of educators across Ohio and Pennsylvania sent in essays reaching out to FBS with their innovative ideas to fulfill the requirements for the W.R.I.T.E. Grant Program and receive products that support their classroom activities or initiatives.
“Not only did we see a need from our educational clients for specific products that can be outside of their annual budget allowance,” assures Betsy Hughes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Friends, “but we also felt it was time to reach out and reward those who are strengthening the future leaders of our communities. These individuals do so much and we already work with them in supplying their classrooms every year, so we thought we’d do something extra special.”
The W.R.I.T.E. Grant Program is an annual grant awarded to current teachers who apply. It is not a program associated with any government or public entities.
For more information on Friends Business Source or their W.R.I.T.E. Grant Program, go to www.friendsoffice.com or call 800.427.1704 and ask for the marketing department manager.
Friends Business Source is one of Ohio’s largest independently owned office supply dealers. For over 45 years, Friends has been partnering with companies and school districts throughout Ohio, Southeastern Michigan, and now in Pennsylvania, in order to maintain the best service and supply of office and school related products. They specialize in office supplies, office furniture, cataloged machines and supplies, educational services and supplies, coffee supplies and technology, custom print technology, promotional products, branded apparel, as well as janitorial and break room supplies.
Ashley Barger, Marketing Manager
Friends Business Source
2300 Bright Road
Findlay, Ohio 45840