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Company hopes donation will boost Franklin Regional healing

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A Penn Hills-based technology company wants to be part of the healing process in the Franklin Regional School District.

Vocollect employees last month presented a $25,000 donation to the district from the Intermec Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Vocollect's parent organization.

The donation is intended to be used as part of the rebuilding and healing process for the school district.

On April 9, 20 students and a security guard were stabbed or slashed during a knife attack in which a sophomore is the suspect.

“Vocollect family members were impacted by this tragedy, and we were moved to respond in a substantial way through the generosity of the Intermec Foundation,” said Jill Krauza, a human-resources employee. “It was important to Vocollect to be part of our community's healing process.”

District officials are creating a committee to determine how the money will be used, Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac said. It will not be put into the general fund — money that could be used for supplies or preplanned programming — Reljac said. Instead, the money and other donations made to the district because of the attack will be earmarked in the coming months for a special use.

“We were extremely touched and humbled by this gift,” Reljac said. “It once again demonstrates the atmosphere of community that we enjoy as part of this district. At the same time, we feel that responsibility to our students and families to make sure this gift is used in the way that they want to see it used.”

The donation was presented during a morning meeting, where parents who work for Vocollect and their children met with Superintendent Jamie Piraino. Thirty-one students at Franklin Regional have parents who work for the company, which makes telecommunication devices.

“They felt that through all of this, they were proud of how our district handled it, and they were touched and wanted to show what it meant to them,” Reljac said.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-871-2365, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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