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United Way helps Sand Hills

The United Way presented a check for $1,000 to the Sand Hills Psychoeducational Program Tuesday.


George Lokey, a board member of the local United Way, presents Sherri Cunningham, the administrator of Sand Hills, a check for new opportunity rooms in the school.

George Lokey, a board member with United Way, said this check was "over and above the support normally provided" to the school.

"United Way is helping Sand Hills fund a special project that we feel is a worthwhile and worthy project. And we want the public to see where their money is going, and what good it is doing," Mr. Lokey said.

Sherri Cunningham, the administrator of Sand Hills, said the special project is replacing "time out rooms" with "opportunity rooms."

"We are trying to shift to the positive. Opportunity rooms will give the student the opportunity to get their self back together so they can return to the classroom," Ms. Cunningham said.

The money will be used to transform the current time-out rooms with paint, murals, bean bags chairs, and reframed doors.

Sand Hills Psychoeducational Program is located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Street in Thomson, and serves emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children from five counties.

United Way is an international non-profit organization that gathers donated funds and distributes them to organizations that help the needy in the local community.

Web posted on Thursday, April 20, 2006

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