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JFK uses Cafaro grant for upgrades

WARREN — John F. Kennedy Catholic School will use a $150,000 gift from the Cafaro Foundation for major facility and programming upgrades.

The school will use the foundation money to upgrade science labs, replace a gymnasium floor and bleachers, improve outdoor athletic facilities and replace original kitchen equipment in the dining hall.

“We are excited to continue to assist JFK in the education of the young men and women of Trumbull County,” Cafaro Foundation Trustee William A. Cafaro said.

This latest gift from the Cafaro Foundation is in addition to previous grants over the past six years totaling $200,000.

“On behalf of the entire John F. Kennedy Catholic School family, we are honored to accept this gift from the Cafaro family and their foundation,” school President Joseph Kenneally said. “Their past generosity allowed us to update our aging infrastructure and provide new and exciting programming for our students.”

Kenneally said the facility upgrades “will complement our state-of-the-art technology offerings, innovative curriculum, meaningful testing and commitment to the arts. This donation of $150,000 is a gift of $250 per student enrolled at Kennedy; it will impact each and every one of them as we continue our mission of educating students of courage, integrity, and dedication.”

The school has been conducting that mission for families in Warren and the surrounding area since 1964. It currently enrolls 590 students in grades kindergarten through 12.

The Cafaro Foundation is a charitable entity established by the Cafaro family in memory of William M. Cafaro, the founder of the real estate development and management company that bears his name. For more than a half century, Cafaro, along with his wife Alyce and brother John A. Cafaro, supported churches, schools, hospitals and other charitable causes. Since its inception in 1996, the Cafaro Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in grants to worthy organizations and individuals.

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