BOYERTOWN PA – Spring-Ford Area School District students are among those who benefit from a $5,000 charitable contribution recently made by Boyertown-based National Penn Bank to the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which provides vocational and career development programs to area schools.

National Penn Bank’s Scott Gruber, left, presents chamber President Timothy Phelps with a $5,000 check.

National Penn Bank’s Scott Gruber, left, presents chamber President Timothy Phelps with a check.

The money, distributed to the foundation in mid-March (2009), is part of $300,000 National Penn and its various divisions will donate to educational causes statewide during 2009 under the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.

The program “is truly a win-win for businesses like National Penn and the community,” said National Penn Central Region President Scott Gruber. The bank earns tax credits to lower its costs, and recognized educational improvement organizations such as the foundation receive funding for their school initiatives.

In addition to  Spring-Ford students, chamber foundation programs involve those in the Boyertown, Owen J. Roberts, Pottstown, Pottsgrove, and Upper Perkiomen school districts, as well as Montgomery County’s Western Center for Technical Studies. Under the EITC, activities eligible for funding include portfolio-making courses, student and professional shadowing-for-a-day, student exchanges, digital photography studios, leadership conferences and mural arts.

The foundation was created in 2001, the same year in which the Pennsylvania Legislature approved EITC. It has been a funding recipient since 2002.

Photo from the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce

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