ELLWOOD CITY — A student-run organization from the Ellwood City Area School District has officially stepped up its game.
Games to Give, the organization created by Lincoln Junior-Senior High School students Hayden Slade and Grady Smith, has been officially approved as a 501(c)(3) by the IRS.
Games to Give was created in November 2018 by Slade and Smith as a way to give back to the community, as they have delivered board games to area children in need, cancer patients, as well as organizations such as the Yellow Ribbon Girls, and even to U.S. soldiers overseas.
“We want to share the love of board games with everyone,” Slade said.
As of this article’s publication, the pair have given away 1,581 board games, including 729 in 2021.
Now that Games to Give received its 501(c)(3) status, the organization can apply for grant money and qualify for other fundraising programs.
During Thursday’s Ellwood City Area School Board meeting, Games to Give was recognized by the board and Superintendent Wesley Shipley for its work and service to the community.
Nicholas Vercilla is a staff reporter for the Beaver County Times and Ellwood City Ledger. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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