EITC Funds Connect Businesses to Students

Photo of Greater Pike Community Foundation receiving $10,000 from Wayne Bank and $5,000 from The Dime Bank in PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit EITC funds to enhance educationally advanced curriculum at the Delaware Valley and East Stroudsburg Area School Districts.
Pictured, left to right: Dr. John Bell, DVSD Superintendent; Derek Bellinger, Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, Wayne Bank; Amy L. Burke, Assistant Vice President Branch Manager, The Dime Bank; Deb Unflat, Vice President of Marketing, The Dime Bank; Jeffrey David Stocker, Director of ART; Jenni Hamill, Executive Director of Greater Pike Community Foundation; Lewis Critelli, President, Wayne Bank; MaryAlice Petzinger, Vice President and Regional Manager, Wayne Bank; Dr. Gina Vitacco-Vives, DVSD Director of Curriculum & Technology; Dr. Peg Schaffer, DVSC Director of Elementary Education.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) recently received $10,000 from Wayne Bank and $5,000 from The Dime Bank in PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) funds to enhance educationally advanced curriculum at the Delaware Valley (DVSD) and East Stroudsburg Area School (ESASD) Districts. As an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO), Greater Pike is able to connect eligible EITC businesses with targeted educational programs within our public schools that are worthy of funding and support.

Photo of Greater Pike Community Foundation receiving $10,000 in PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit funds from Wayne Bank.
Pictured, left to right: Ronn Bradley, School Board Chair, East Stroudsburg Area School District (ESASD); Audrey Bailey-Hocker, Board Member of the Greater Pike Community Foundation; Heather Piperato, Principal, JT Lambert Intermediate School; Lewis Critelli, President, Wayne Bank; Dr. William Riker, Superintendent, ESASD; and Ryan Loughren, Spanish Teacher and Eco-Action Advisor, JT Lambert Intermediate School.

Through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s EITC program, Greater Pike yearly provides significant funding for innovative educational programming enhancements in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at both DVSD and ESASD. In 2016-2017 the funding will support academically advanced science-based programs utilizing digital microscopes, a summer science camp, and the development of nature trails and an outdoor classroom.

Executive Director Jenni Hamill of Greater Pike said, “The Greater Pike Community Foundation greatly values our partnership with the Wayne and Dime Banks and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Working together through the EITC program we are able to make an important contribution to the students in our area and help prepare them for successful futures. A worthy COMMUNITY endeavor!”

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