Dime Bank donates thousands to innovative educational programs

Bank makes donations through Pennsylvania tax credit program: Recipients include Delaware Valley School District and American Readers Theatre


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  • Delaware Valley students with Jeffrey Stocker, founder and director of the American Readers Theatre (Photo provided)




  • Juliette McKerrell, vice president and commercial lending officer, the Dime Bank; Amy Burke, assistant vice president and Dingmans Ferry branch manager, the Dime Bank; Bernadine Salak, Delaware Valley teacher; Abbey McFeely, DV student; Lenore Rogan, Greater Pike executive assistant; John Babbitts, DV student; Jim Mitchell, DV director of secondary education (Photo provided)




  • From left: Bernadine Salak, Delaware Valley teacher; Jenni Hamill, Greater Pike executive director; Abbey McFeely, DV student; Jeffrey Stocker, American Readers Theatre founder and director; John Babbitts, DV student; James Mitchell, DV director of secondary education; Deb Unflat, vice president of marketing at the Dime Bank; Juliette McKerrell, vice president and commercial lending officer for the Dime Bank. (Photo provided)



“We are committed to bringing EITC dollars to our local schools to benefit our students and future leaders."
Jenni Hamill, Greater Pike Community Foundation


— The Dime Bank recently donated $5,000 to the Greater Pike Community Foundation for STEM education, and another $4,000 to American Readers Theatre to bring reading and history together for students of all ages.

The donations were made through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

An innovative STEM programThrough the Greater Pike Community Foundation, the tax credit program provides funding for innovative educational programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the Delaware Valley School District. The money will help faculty further equip the MakerSpace laboratory, which teaches robotics, coding, math, engineering, physics, and many other disciplines in a creative, shared space.

"The Greater Pike Community Foundation values our longstanding partnership with The Dime Bank, Delaware Valley School District and PA's Department of Community and Economic Development," said Jenni Hamill, the foundation's executive director. "We are committed to bringing EITC dollars to our local schools to benefit our students and future leaders. We would also like to thank The Dime for their ongoing support and involvement in our community. The Dime Bank most certainly makes Pike 'Greater'!"

Promoting literacyThe American Readers Theatre (ART) collaborates with the Delaware Valley School District on meaningful considerations of the life and works of one chosen author. This year the school and theater selected the life and works of Helen Keller for the Writer's Project. Students will learn about Keller's life, her writing, and her courage through writing, dramatic reading, and "visual art in the dark" — painting portraits with all lights off.

Director Jeffrey Stocker thanks the Dime Bank "for the many years of support and friendship."

"The Dime Bank's support through the EITC Fund has made it possible to continue ART's mission to promote literacy to the students of the Delaware Valley School District," he said.

The Dime Bank says it is dedicated to supporting education in local school districts and to bringing the arts to our communities through the sponsorship of many different programs and venues. The bank has been participating in the EITC program since 2001.





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