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Schools receive book donations, supplies

Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Green Valley Primary School recieved a huge donation of children's books and school supplies from local entrepreneur Greg Michaels, second from left. Looking through those items are former East Allegheny school director Vince Paradine and second-grade teachers Tracy Yusko and Denise Snyder.

Friday, May 3, 2013, 1:31 a.m.
 

For nearly three decades Michaels Associates LLC was a provider of teaching books and other resources for educators in elementary and secondary schools.

Since 2002 Greg Michaels operated the book distribution business out of a 12,000-square-foot building across East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard from the old Eastland Mall site in North Versailles Township.

“Changes in the industry (can you say Amazon?) have forced some tough decisions,” Michaels said earlier this week, “but the community will benefit in a couple of ways.”

First, the building at 836 East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd. “has been determined to be perfect for an indoor, climate-controlled self storage facility,” he said.

Also, there were a lot of books and other supplies that could be donated to schools throughout the Mon-Yough area and Turtle Creek valley.

“Total donations exceed $50,000,” Michaels said.

The largest donation, valued at $22,579, went a short distance to Green Valley Primary School.

Tracy Yusko, a Green Valley teacher, said she found out about Michaels' donation after he went to the North Versailles municipal building.

He talked to township code enforcement officer Allen Wagner, who in turn referred the information to Yusko's father Vince Paradine, a former East Allegheny school director who works for the township sanitary authority.

Yusko said the books were delivered to Green Valley on April 12.

The second-largest donation went to Woodland Hills School District. Other donations were made to the Clairton and Duquesne school districts, Propel McKeesport charter school, Virtuous Academy in Duquesne and the Citizens to Abolish Domestic Apartheid Inc. program in North Versailles.

“I'm excited about the new self storage facility and what it will mean to the community for employment and tax revenue and, of course, my family,” Michaels said. “We're also delighted that we are able to indirectly help youngsters by giving thousands of books a good home.”

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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