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Phoenix gives funds to local schools

October 23, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer

Phoenix Color Corp. has donated $92,000 to three local schools for use in upgrading computers.

North Hagerstown High School received $48,000, Winter Street Elementary received $29,000 and Western Heights Middle School received $15,000.

Washington County Board of Education President B. Marie Byers said it was thoughtful of company officials to "share their good fortune."

Phoenix manufactures book jackets and paperback covers at two of its buildings in the Washington County Business Park. The plant, which employs 350 people, has about 500 customers.

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The company donated the money Tuesday night with one condition: That each of the three schools start a reading program, said Ed Lieberman, chief financial officer for Phoenix.

Lieberman joked that the condition could be selfish considering the business the company is in. But on a more serious note, company officials believe that if people cannot read, they have lost a great asset, Lieberman said.

And besides, "life isn't as much fun" without reading, said Lieberman.

In addition to the funding, Phoenix officials have sent letters to some of their major clients like Simon & Schuster, Random House and McGraw Hill asking them to donate books for the three schools.

Phoenix is asking that companies send the books to the local plant, which will then distribute them to the schools, Lieberman said.

It is the second year, Phoenix has made a sizable donation to the school system.

Last year, the company donated $105,000 to Western Heights Middle School for a computer lab.

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