Dealership donates clear bags to Franklin Regional

| Monday, May 5, 2014, 2:18 p.m.

Franklin Regional students are used to having teachers tell them to “show their work” when tackling assignments. Now, thanks to a donation from a local car dealership, students will be showing their belongings, as well.

Students on Monday received free, clear “FR Strong” string bags to carry gym clothes and accessories in between the classes.

“It's something that will add a little extra piece of mind,” said Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac. “It's not identified as a problem, but as we go forward and heal, it's one more thing to help get through.”

Students are permitted to use only clear bags in school, Reljac said. Previously, they could carry gym clothes and electronics accessories in any type of string bag. Bookbags are allowed in all FR schools but must be left in student lockers during the day, Reljac said.

The clear bags were donated by #1 Cochran, which has a dealership in Monroeville. Each student received one at lunch; an additional 300 donated will be given to freshmen in the fall.

The donation comes three weeks after an April 9 knife attack injured 20 Franklin Regional High School students and a security guard.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or

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