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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Over $70,000 in donations made to Marion County schools

Donations for local schools were presented to the Marion County School Board during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

Marion County schools received cash or tangible donations totaling nearly $70,620.

Dunnellon Elementary School received a cash donation ($2,500) in addition to backpacks and school supplies (valued at nearly $1,069), PPE and sanitizing supplies (valued at nearly $2,939), and an AED Unit and accessories (valued at $1,813). According to the school, these backpacks and supplies will be given to homeless and needy students, and the AED Unit and accessories will be kept in the clinic to be used by trained staff only in emergency situations. These funds will be used at the principal’s discretion.

Sunrise Elementary School received a cash donation ($2,500) in addition to backpacks and school supplies (valued at nearly $2,119), and over 1,600 bottles of hand sanitizer (valued at $7,111). According to the school, these backpacks and supplies will be given to homeless and needy students. These funds will be used at the principal’s discretion.

Numerous schools received $2,500 donations: Belleview-Santos Elementary School; Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary School; Eighth Street Elementary School; Fessenden Elementary School; Ft. King Middle School; Lake Weir Middle School; Marion Oaks Elementary School; North Marion Middle School; South Ocala Elementary School; Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary School; and Sunrise Elementary School. According to the schools, these funds will be used at their respective principal’s discretion.

Romeo Elementary School received backpacks and school supplies (valued at nearly $1,069). According to the school, these backpacks and supplies will be given to homeless and needy students.

Ft. McCoy School received a $1,000 donation. According to the school, these funds will be used to purchase 13 Dremel tools for the middle school art class for art projects planned for this school year.

Liberty Middle School received a $1,000 donation. According to the school, these funds will be used to benefit teachers and staff.

Silver River Museum also received a $10,000 donation. According to the museum, these funds will be used to assist with the funding of the part-time, grant funded, science teacher position at Silver River Museum.