CSDEF receives $25,000 gift from Firstrust Bank

Administrators of Firstrust Bank presented a $25,000 check to board members of the Colonial School District Education Foundation (CSDEF) on July 10. The donation, the largest individual gift received by the CSDEF, will support Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) initiatives in Colonial Elementary School.

"We think the Colonial School District Education Foundation is making a difference, and we have a passion for this kind of initiative," said Tim Abell, President of Firstrust Bank at 15 E. Ridge Pike in Conshohocken. "We are right around the corner, and we place an emphasis on supporting and investing in our community."

The Firstrust gift kicks off the CSDEF's 2017-2018 fundraising campaign which has a goal of raising $150,000 to support Colonial School District (CSD) students.

"The Foundation's new mission is to create connections that will help promote excellence in the Colonial School District, and it's been a pleasure to develop a relationship with Firstrust Bank with that goal in mind," said Denise Marks, CSD Director of Development and Curriculum Supervisor for Career Readiness. "Firstrust is a local bank with deep roots in the community, and our partnership demonstrates what can happen when businesses and schools work together to provide the highest level of opportunities and resources for our students."

Firstrust will also partner with the CSDEF for Foundation Day on October 7 from noon until 6 p.m. on the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School campus. Foundation Day is a way to connect with current, former and future families in the District as well as CSD alumni, and to educate them about the CSDEF and how it works with the community to support our students.

To learn more about the CSDEF and learn how you can become involved with the Foundation or participate in Foundation Day, contact Mrs. Marks at 610-834-1670, ext. 2151, or email dmarks@colonialsd.org.

(L to R): Brandon Cohen (PWHS senior, CSDEF Board Member), Jeff Horrow (CSDEF Board Member), Janet Dicenzo (CSDEF Board Member) Salvatore Giannone (CSDEF Board Member), Mark Bill (CSDEF President), Trevor jackson (Colonial SD Business Administrator), Tim Abell (Firstrust President), Denise Marks (Colonial SD Director of Development and Curriculum Supervisor for Career Readiness), Brian Hanlon (Firstrust Vice President, Relationship Manager), Matt Hein (Firstrust Sr. Vice President, Director of Business Banking).

CSDEF receives $25,000 gift from Firstrust Bank