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CLARENCE, N.Y.- The Clarence School District announced exciting news about its after school programs at Monday night's school board meeting.

Thanks to the Clarence School Enrichment Foundation, over $150,000 was raised to restore all 13 modified and freshman school sports as well as 19 high school and 20 middle school clubs that were cut out of last year's budget.

"We're proud and very pleased to say that we were able to restore everything that was cut," said Vic Martucci, President of the Clarence School Enrichment Foundation.

Over 500 families, local businesses and major donors contributed to the cause.

Efforts to restore the programs started in July after the school budget was defeated. Martucci believes the urgency of the issue is what created the speedy support from the community. "[Being defeated], that's something we're not used to in this community. The face of that defeat was these teams and programs that were cut and affecting thousands of schoolchildren," he said.

Looking forward, Martucci is optimistic that these programs and teams will be in the new school budget. He said the superintendent has all the teams and clubs that were cut last year in the first draft of his budget. However, the budget process isn't over until the school board formally adopts it and puts it to a vote in May.

"Looking forward what we'd want the community to know is we're not going away," Martucci said. "Our work is just starting and our plan is to work to identify what the needs are going forward and our purpose is to raise private funds wherever the gaps occur to make sure Clarence remains the excellent school district that it is."

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