Yankee Candle donates $36K to local schools

  • Yankee Candle recently made its annual $20,000 contribution to Frontier students, with an additional $16,000 to be split evenly between Frontier Regional, Deerfield Elementary, Whately Elementary and Franklin County Technical schools. Staff File Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 1/9/2020 8:11:19 PM
Modified: 1/9/2020 8:10:42 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Yankee Candle’s annual scholarship donation to the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school districts came with a little something extra this time around.

The candle-making giant made its annual $20,000 contribution to Frontier students, with an additional $16,000 to be split evenly between Frontier Regional, Deerfield Elementary, Whately Elementary and Franklin County Technical schools. These donations are part of a company charitable program called Town Gifts, according to Aziree Pemberton, manager of external communications for Newell Brands, the parent company that owns Yankee Candle.

Charlene Allen, director of guidance at Frontier, said the initial $20,000 will be broken down into $1,250 scholarships for 16 graduating seniors. She said students interested in winning a scholarship can submit an application to Yankee Candle detailing their leadership roles, grade-point average, extra-curricular activities and other credentials. She said the 16 winners, chosen by Yankee Candle, won’t know until graduation that they have won.

As for Frontier’s extra $4,000 allotment, Principal George Lanides said the money will be used for a new water filtration system.

Darius Modestow, superintendent of Frontier Regional and Union 38 school districts, expressed his gratitude to Yankee Candle.

“It is particularly noteworthy in these difficult economic times that our communities are fortunate to enjoy the continued support of a major, local business,” he said. “I am also proud that Yankee Candle Co., as a cornerstone of the community, leads the way in teaching other businesses how to give back. On behalf of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school community and students, thank you so very much.”

Requests for comment from the principals oDeerfield Elementary, Whately Elementary and Franklin County Technical schools were not returned by press time.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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