By Katie Grisbacher
If you value creative teaching, innovative programs at Warwick School District, and channeling your tax dollars directly into the education of Lititz youth, consider donating to the Warwick Education Foundation (WEF) through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).
To date, over $752,843 has been contributed to the WEF from EITC contributions. EITC contributions are used to fund approved innovative educational programs that provide technology, reading programs, and more for Warwick students.
How does it work?
An eligible business can receive a tax credit equal to 75% of its contribution to an approved nonprofit Educational Improvement Organization such as the Warwick Education Foundation (WEF). The tax credit may increase to 90% of the contribution if the business agrees to provide the same amount of contribution for two consecutive years.
Math teachers would approve!
Susquehanna Bank donated $5,000 to WEF through the EITC program just last month. The multi-state business allocates a specific amount of money for each region to donate to educational organizations.
“The EITC program enables the bank to actually donate a higher dollar amount than if they were doing a straight donation,” explained Sheri Garman, Retail Executive at Susquehanna Bank. “So it’s a win-win for everybody.”
80% of contributions made via EITC go directly to the school district to support pre-approved programs. The amount contributed last year to the district through this program was $81,040.
“WEF is such a great program for the Warwick School District,” said Melanie Calender, Director of Elementary Education. “We’re so thankful for their efforts to support us with academic and teacher grants.”
EITC donations through the Warwick Education Foundation recently supported the purchase of iPads for use in 2nd and 4th grade classrooms at John R. Bonfield Elementary School.
“iPads provide an attractive alternative learning resource for students,” said Calender. “Most children find the iPad to be a tool that they enjoy using, so they tend to be more engaged in the learning process.”
Beth Hartranft, Warwick’s Elementary Technology Coordinator, echoed Calender’s enthusiasm for the different modes of learning available to students through use of iPads. “Students love creating their own digital posters using the Pic Collage app (and) enjoy reading eBooks in the RAZ-Kids app. Students also access a variety of math apps to practice fact fluency.”
The Warwick Education Foundation recognizes and thanks the following businesses for their past donations to the WEF through the PA EITC Program: Lititz Mutual Insurance Company, Northwest Savings Bank, Fulton Bank, Ephrata National Bank, Susquehanna Bank, Clair Audio Enterprises, Clair Global, GIANT Food Stores, Lancaster Leaf Tobacco, Inc., Metro Bank, Lift, Inc., Phillips Office Solutions, Whalen Insurance Associates, and Dart Container Corporation.
Hats off to you for empowering youth for the future!
Businesses interested in receiving tax credit through the EITC program can find more information on the PA Department of Community and Economic Development website at www.newpa.com/eitc and by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last months’ Family Fun Day was a great success, with over 600 people attending and over $5,000 raised. Warwick High School clubs helped tremendously as volunteers – over 65 students served from Interact, National Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society. Congratulations to Bradley McCauley, 9th grade, and Madelyn Phillips, 7th grade, winners of the mechanical bull competition.
Thanks to all who participated in Family Fun Day!
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The Extraordinary Give, Lancaster County’s 24-hour online giving marathon, takes place on November 21, 2014, and Warwick Education Foundation is participating. Your donation to the WEF provides teacher grants, visits by experts in residence, technology, reading programs and more.
When you contribute to Warwick Education Foundation through ExtraGive.org, the WEF will also receive a percentage of a $250,000 contribution from the Lancaster County Community Foundation.
Katie Grisbacher is a freelance writer and editor living in Lititz. She welcomes your comments at email@example.com. For more information on the Warwick Education Foundation visit warwickef.org or contact Executive Director Barbara Mobley at firstname.lastname@example.org.