LIVERMORE FALLS — Students and teachers at the Progressive Learning Institute stretched a $500 grant with the help of the community to buy school supplies and deliver them to schools in Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls.

Approximately 25 packages were donated to each school, teacher Chris Ellingwood said. The packages were large pencil cases filled with items including pencils, crayons, erasers, colored pencils and markers for the elementary level schools. For the middle and high school levels, the pencil cases included blue and black pens, pencils, colored pencils, calculators and erasers.

Packages of wide-ruled paper were given to the middle schools and packages of college-ruled paper were donated to the high schools. Three-ring binders were given to the high schools and the middle schools, five regular and five view binders were given to each of those schools. Spiral notebooks were given to all schools.

Students of the Progressive Learning Institute decorated donation boxes and put them in the town offices of Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls, and also in Puffin’ Stop, during the summer. They also shopped for the supplies, except for those that were donated.

The institute is an alternate education program that helps students either stay in school or earn their diplomas. The program received a $500 donation from the Western Maine Division of the Maine Transition Network. That organization received the money through the United Way of the Tri-Town Valley.

People in the communities were generous in their donations, Ellingwood said. He said the students put a lot of thought into what they were doing and school representatives were happy to get the supplies, and knew that they would be put to good use.

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