State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) and representatives from Walsh Jesuit High School recently gave testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. They testified in favor of House Bill 261, which would grant Walsh Jesuit High School a custom license plate, for which sales would generate additional revenue for the school. Under the bill, the license plate would cost an additional $40, of which $30 would go directly to the school. Half of those monies would be earmarked for programs in support of emotional and mental well-being programs for the students, while the other half would go to the school’s tuition assistance efforts.

“I am honored that Walsh Jesuit High School reached out to me and my dear friend Representative Kristina Roegner to help them in creating a license plate that will help their school,” said Rep. Anielski. “House Bill 261 is a fantastic way for the students, faculty, and alumni of the school to demonstrate their school pride and devotion while also helping current and future students at the school. Both the programs in support of emotional and mental well-being and the tuition assistance efforts are worthwhile endeavors that stand to impact students for years to come.”

The plates would be available at local Bureau of Motor Vehicle locations as well as online through Fellow schools, both public and private, from across the greater Cleveland area have participated in similar programs that have netted the schools thousands of dollars since their introduction to the general public.

“It is thrilling that our families and alums will be able to support the Walsh Jesuit community and proudly display their Warrior pride on the highways of Ohio! We are so grateful to all who made House Bill 261 possible. The proceeds will allow us to help those with demonstrated need attend Walsh Jesuit, truly a great cause,” said Walsh Jesuit’s President Karl Ertle.

Representative Anielski was joined by Kyle Ferrara, Stewardship and Database Manager for the school, in giving testimony before the committee.  House Bill 261 was unanimously voted out of the committee and now awaits a vote on the floor of the House, where it will be considered.

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