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Five Pre-K Scholarships through Greater Pike Help Local Families

At the Center for Developmental Disabilities (CDD) in Milford: Pre-K scholarship recipients Julee-Anna Ward, Skylar Scrofe and Robert Gibbons with (from Left) Greater Pike’s Executive Director Jenni Hamill, CDD’s Family Support Specialist Vicki M. McCabe and Robert’s mom, Lucia Shrag. Contributed.

Milford - Five scholarships, four families and two schools are the ingredients that went into helping young children and their families during a difficult time. Five children are the most recent recipients of needed Pre-K scholarships with funding from Greater Pike Community Foundation.

Lucia Shrag, an essential worker at Milford’s Key Food Supermarket, is now able to send her son Robert to the 2020 summer Pre-K program at the Center for Developmental Disabilities (CDD) in Milford. Lucia said Robert, who is mildly autistic, was doing very well before the pandemic but started regressing during quarantine. She said, “Our family is beyond grateful” because the family could not have afforded the program and so, “It was a blessing” now that he is doing better at CDD.

Jaclyn and Donald Strofe of Dingmans Ferry will also be sending their daughters, Julee-Anna and Skylar to the CDD summer Pre- K program.

Two scholarships were awarded to Pre-K students for the 2020-21 school year at Green Trees Early Learning Center. Christen Conroy’s son Justin is one of the recipients. Christen, a single mother working at Newton Medical Center, said, “I am also in school full time to become a Registered Nurse. This scholarship is important to me because it has allowed both Justin and I to continue our education. We are both very grateful.”

Contributions from The Dime Bank and Highmark Life Insurance Company through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s The Department of Community and Economic Development made the scholarships possible.

Greater Pike is pleased to note that all Pre-K Scholarship funds for the 2020-21 school year have been awarded and are helping deserving families.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation enables generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted, long-term community philanthropy.

The Foundation provides a permanent and personal way to give back to the region it loves and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain. For information about establishing a fund, or to discuss how to realize your charitable goals, contact Jenni Hamill, executive director: jennihamill@greaterpike.org or 570-832-4686.

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