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Painesville principal makes special deliveries

Summit Academy Painesville
Posted at 9:52 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 23:34:52-04

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — A principal in Painesville is going the extra mile to ensure his students stay connected during Ohio's school closures.

Frank Cheraso, principal of Summit Academy Community School – Painesville, is personally delivering assignments and meals to families who aren't able to pick them up during the pandemic.

Cheraso said his staff members distribute food and school projects in "Blizzard Bags" each week for students and families.

However, some families can't make it to the school to pick up those items due to lack of transportation or other challenges, so Cheraso, who lives in Painesville, handles the personal deliveries for those families.

The distributions are intended to help provide enough food for about a week.

Cheraso went out to make deliveries on Monday, including one to Nina Ortiz, who is a mother of seven.

"I appreciate all of it," Ortiz said. "I mean, it helps my family more than they could ever know."

Summit Academy Frank Cheraso
PHOTO: Frank Cheraso carries a delivery to a family in Painesville.

"I really like the fact of just being able to stay connected, especially during this time when we're isolated, and just being able to make some of those connections through this time," Cheraso said.

Cheraso said he plans to continue making these deliveries throughout the duration of the crisis.