By BEN KLEIN
Ellwood Group Inc., has donated to the Warren/Forest Economic Opportunity Council pre-kindergarten scholarship for the sixth year in a row.
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Ellwood helps Pre-K program
Leaders of the three Ellwood companies located in the Irvine Industrial Complex presented a check for $165,556 to the Warren/Forest Economic Opportunity Council for the pre-kindergarten scholarship. Presenting the check, from left, Michael Barrett, general manager Ellwood National Crankshaft Co.; Clayton Gross, vice president operations, Ellwood National Steel Co.; and Glenn Fegely, president, Ellwood National Forge Co..
The heads of the three Ellwood companies located in the Irvine Industrial Complex presented Robert Raible, EOC executive director with a check for $165,556 for the pre-K scholarship program.
Ellwood has made similar contributions under the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program for a total of $808,000 since 2007.
"We are proud to be part of the Warren-area community and pleased to continue to support families and such a worthy cause," Ellwood Chief Executive Office David Barensfeld said.
The pre-K scholarship program helps any child within Warren and Forest Counties attend any number of the 15 facilities participating in this years program, Raible said.
The funds from Ellwood are "what makes the program" and provides a "head start for the children who would not be eligible for a head start experience and or a regular pre-school experience," Raible said.
The program was able to offer 151 scholarships in the 2011-2012 school year, he said.
For the first quarter of this year 95 applications for $48,000 have been allocated for 101 children in Warren and Forest counties, Raible said.
"Ellwood gives it to us locally and it stays locally," he said.
All three autonomous business units are owned by Ellwood Group, Inc. and operate out of Irvine, serving various segments of the domestic and global steel industry.