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Group throws party for its adopted class at Ethel M. Taylor

MILLVALE, Ohio (WKRC) -- Around 200 local businesses are part of a non-profit program called Adopt-a-Class. It's a mentoring program that reaches 6,000 students in Cincinnati area classrooms. It's about tutoring, mentoring and reading to students who need extra help. But at Ethel Taylor Academy in Millvale Wednesday, it was about partying. 

The non-profit Cooperative for Education threw a holiday party for its adopted kindergarten class. Students created an ornament and opened presents that that included art supplies and a book. No party would be complete without pizza for lunch.

Cooperative for Education provides tools, training and scholarships for impoverished children in
Guatemala where classrooms don't have books, chalkboards, or even pencils. The Adopt-a-Class program helps here in the community. Says teacher Patty Liljequist, "They help me a lot in the classroom and I really appreciate all their help because without it I sometimes don't know what I'd do because there are projects that we do throughout the year that help with their learning, but without the extra hands in the room, it's hard for them to get accomplished."

Renee Berlon from Cooperative for Education says the help is mutual. "Ethel Taylor helped us quite a few times. They've raised money before and received a match from Union Savings Bank and then donated that to Cooperative for Education to help the kids in Guatemala, which is really a beautiful partnership between the kids there and the kids here in Cincinnati."

Click here for more information about the Adopt-a-Class program.

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