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Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack Gives Madison School $8,000 for Academic Resources, Future Field Trips

Photo Provided Wheeling Island Island-Hotel-Casino-Racetrack President and General Manager Kim Florence, left, presents Madison Elementary School Principal Andrea Trio and Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller with check donations to the school totaling more than $8,000.

WHEELING — Students at Madison Elementary School might get to go on field trips in the post-COVID future courtesy of patrons at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.

The school received checks totaling more than $8,000 Friday from the track.

Principal Andrea Trio was told each year the track places collection boxes at the hotel/casino property that give guests the opportunity to donate change left on their slot voucher or racing ticket into the box. Employees also contribute when they participate in casual Fridays on the job.

Each month the collected donations go to a different charity. Due to the impact of COVID-19, collections from 2019 were distributed along with the contributions from 2020, according to information provided by the school.

“It means quite a lot,” Trio said. “It’s an honor and a true blessing to have such caring people looking out for Madison Elementary School and rewarding our students with such a monetary blessing.

“(The track) is an amazing education partner with us,” she added. “We are very thankful for their partnership, and the way they continue to use their donation boxes and put Madison at the forefront from time to time to receive these donations.”

Trio also thanked the community for its generosity in contributing to Madison students, and said the school is looking forward to using the funds in a way that supports students.

She said the money will be used to improve academic resources at the school, and also to take them to places of local interest they might not have visited.

“We want to give them overall life experiences when we are able to get out and take field trips, and take advantage of things that engage students and the wonderful opportunities around the valley they can go and do,” she said.

“Those kinds of things cost money, and now it is so nice we know we have the means to give our students the support and things they need to be successful.”

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