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We Are FR Fund Launches Efforts to Assist Families

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Jill Nixon Cooper
May 1, 2014

(Murrysville, PA)—The We Are FR Fund, established in response to the recent events at Franklin Regional High School, has launched its efforts to provide assistance for students who were injured.  The purpose of the We Are FR Fund is to help meet immediate needs of the injured students and families, such as incidental medical and travel expenses not covered by insurance, other student and staff needs related to the event, and to address longer term recovery for the district. If any funds remain once these needs are addressed, a permanent scholarship fund may be established. 
The Peters Township High School Boy's Volleyball Team raised $425 for
 the We Are FR Fund by contributing their concession sales and 50/50
raffle money.
Immediately following the events of April 9th, local residents and people from across the state and country sought ways to help those impacted.  The We Are FR Fund was quickly organized, and Mayor Bob Brooks asked community leaders to serve on the steering committee to administer it.
Many members of the Franklin Regional community, as well as individuals, neighboring schools, and companies from across the region and nation have made generous contributions to the fund.  Donations have been committed or received from a 50/50 drawing at a recent Pittsburgh Pirates game, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, FR Strong Project 22 and sponsorships from three local residents who participated in the Boston Marathon.   The current fund balance is $28,617.52, with several outstanding pledges yet to be received.
The committee would like to quickly begin disbursing contributed resources to meet financial needs families have encountered.  “The first priority is to assist students who were physically wounded,” said Jill Cooper, a member of the We Are FR Fund committee.  “We recently communicated with the families of the injured students, providing them with a simple application form to access support,” Cooper continued.

If funds remain after addressing immediate needs of the injured students, the committee will consider other requests related to the events.  “It is impossible to predict the scope of the needs and total donations at this time, so the committee will work in stages to determine fund distribution,” Cooper explained.  “If we are able to provide assistance beyond the families of the physically wounded, we will post more information on the Fund website,  We have been moved to tears by the generosity of so many for our community."