Residents who own fashion and clothing accessories that may no longer be in style — or simply don’t have room to keep them — can now give the items an educational purpose.

Teachers Brenda Carey and Diane Clark of the Corry Area School District’s Pre-K Counts program are seeking accessory donations to better their classroom curriculum, without having to pay retail prices.

“We have a dramatic play center in our room,” Carey said. “We need these items to help enhance the activity that teaches them cooperation and social skills.”

Corry’s Pre-K Counts, a tuition-free program for 4-year-olds that is based inside Columbus Elementary School, is state-funded and mandates that certain elements be a part of the everyday educational process.

“We are required by the state to have certain items in each of our centers,” Carey said. “It’s easier for us to reach out because it’s expensive to buy these items. And, with the budget not being passed, we have to look elsewhere.”

Pennsylvania is now in its eighth week without a budget, which included $314,000 for the 2008-09 Pre-K Counts program in Corry.

Since the state has been without a spending plan since June 30, this year’s Pre-K Counts funds are on hold until lawmakers hash out a plan.

See the Journal's Monday, August 24th edition for full story.

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