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A group of local real estate professionals are on a mission to give back to area schools in Newport and surrounding counties. On Friday, the group visited Rogers High School where they delivered a generous donation of school and classroom supplies.

The effort is an initiative of a program called Home Assist Teacher which provides real estate savings and benefits to educators who are seeking to finance or re-finance a home. Through private real estate grants, discounted fees, and special no-cost perks, educators are able to save thousands per year on their mortgage payments. They also receive custom, personalized support from a team of community professionals that care about giving back to teachers.

Ryan Kennefick, Program Director for the region, says he’s glad his company can help fulfill the needs of local schools. “These schools need the community’s help. Teachers need simple things like classroom supplies. Through our program, we’re bringing the business community together to help solve some of these challenges.”

The donation to Rogers High School comprised of dozens of boxes of school and classroom supplies – from pens, pencils, and highlighters to sticky notepads, folders, and notebooks. Members of the business community who contributed include Kennefick, Home Assist Teacher Program Director, as well as Ryan Hazinakis of Keller Williams Realty, Robert Leary of City By The Sea Insurance, and Steve Patti, Real Estate Attorney.

Schools or teachers interested in submitting a “wish list” should contact Ryan Kennefick at ryan@lendmarkloans.com. In addition, teachers may enter to win a complete classroom makeover, awarded annually to a deserving teacher. For more information on the program’s real estate savings benefits for teachers, visit www.lendmarkhomeassist.com/teachers.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.

He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.