Burton schools get funding boost for special programming compliments of the United Way

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BURTON, Michigan (WJRT) - (08/29/2017) -- School districts in Burton got a boost Tuesday thanks to two generous grants from the United Way of Genesee County.

Bendle Public Schools and Bentley Community Schools received checks for $20,000 each Tuesday morning.

The grant money, which comes from workplace giving to the United Way, will pay for an "Empowering Parents" program at Bendle Public Schools and "Afterschool Enrichment" programming at Bentley Community Schools.

Three other school districts -- including Atherton, Beecher and Kearsley -- received $1,000 grants for childhood literacy.

The Flint Firebirds also announced they have renewed their partnership with the United Way.

"We will get your baby to school. We will feed them breakfast, lunch, and, if they choose to participate, a three-hour enrichment program that includes music, robotics and arts," said Bentley Community Schools Superintendent Chris Arrington.

"We have a big partnership with the United Way, which includes the 50/50 raffles at our games. And, last year alone we raised over $93,000 in that method with the United Way, so very proud to be partnering with this organization," said Costa Papista, team president of the Flint Firebirds.

Before presenting the checks this morning more than 60 volunteers joined an effort to help fix up For-Mar Nature Center.

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