True Value Hardware grant helps two elementary schools in the Ontario School District get paint

School officials pause with a photo with Mara Kirby Garcia, left, co-owner of Kinney & Keele True Value Hardware, who helped obtain grants for paint for Alameda and Cairo elementary schools. Pictured with Garcia, from left, are Jenny Dayton, principal, Cairo Elementary School; Tobey Huddleston, principal, Aiken Elementary School; Jodi Elizondo, principal, Ontario High School; and Bob Bennett, maintenance supervisor.

ONTARIO — A fresh coat of paint brightens any room, and this summer Cairo Elementary School and Alameda Elementary School will refresh their learning environment with 30 gallons of donated paint. The two Ontario schools were selected as winners of a paint grant through Kinney and Keele True Value’s partnership with True Value Foundation’s Painting a Brighter Future program. A True Value Foundation paint grant helps improve a school’s learning environment and can have an impact on student attitudes and academic performance. More than 1,600 schools across the country have been awarded paint since the program’s inception in 2009, covering nearly 17 million square feet of learning space.

Partnering with True Value Foundation, Kinney & Keele True Value nominated Cairo and Alameda Elementary for a 30 gallon paint grant to help refresh their learning spaces. Mara Kirby Garcia, co-owner, said Keele True Value Hardware is delivering the asthma and allergy friendly paint to the school.

True Value’s EasyCare Ultra Premium Acrylic Latex paint has earned the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark via an independent certification program established in the United States, which helps consumers identify products more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. The program performs physical and chemical testing on products to ensure they minimize irritants and pollutants in the air and reduce potential exposure to allergens. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark is awarded only to products that are scientifically proven to reduce potential exposure to asthma and allergy triggers.

Cairo and Alameda will be using their paint to give their classrooms, and learning environments a much needed makeover. The students next fall will enjoy playing/learning/eating lunch in the newly painted facilities.

“Through True Value Foundation’s Painting a Brighter Future program, we’re able to help Cairo and Alameda and give back to the community we love to serve,” said Mara Kirby Garcia. “The donation will not only save the school money, but more importantly will create an environment that fosters learning, inspires creativity and instills community pride.”

True Value Foundation unites retailers in helping improve the lives of children in the communities True Value serves. The foundation advocates for youth and serves as a catalyst to provide tools and resources to help youth realize their dreams and achieve their potential. We encourage our partners to get involved and give back through volunteerism, mentorship, community improvements, and raising funds.


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