Guests from Firstrust Bank learned how to program robots, solve a "break out box" and use a MakeDo kit to build structures out of cardboard from fourth and fifth grade students in the new Innovation Lab located in the Colonial Elementary School (CES) library. The Innovation Lab is one of the projects funded by Firstrust Bank in its partnership with the Colonial School District Education Foundation (CSDEF).
"When we reached out to Firstrust Bank, it became immediately evident that they believed that the initiatives we are supporting for our students will make a significant impact on their futures and the future of our community," said Denise Marks, Colonial School District's Director of Development and Curriculum Supervisor for Career Readiness.
Building a partnership with Colonial
With its headquarters in the Colonial School District, Firstrust Bank came forward in July 2017 as the CSDEF's first corporate sponsor, donating $25,000 to build and stock the CES Innovation Lab which was completed this spring. In September 2017, Firstrust committed an additional $50,000 over five years for advertising signage at the new Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) varsity baseball field. Those funds are being allocated to support the kindergarten through 12th grade STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) curriculum.
"Firstrust is very pleased to continue its support of the Colonial School District and to be a part of the Plymouth-Whitemarsh-Conshohocken community," said Mathew Hein, Senior Vice President and Director of Business Banking at Firstrust Bank. "Since its founding in 1934, Firstrust has maintained an unwavering commitment to the communities we serve. We believe there is no better way to show our support than by contributing to the success of our children, the future leaders of tomorrow."
The visit to the CES Innovation Lab was the first stop for the guests from Firstrust Bank in an evening of activities that also included a meet-and-greet with the PWHS Baseball Team at the new field and joint recognition of the company by the CSDEF board and the Colonial Board of School Directors at the school board's general meeting shown live on Colonial Instructional Television (CITV).
Getting involved through the Colonial School District Education Foundation
In 2017, the Colonial School District Education Foundation reaffirmed its mission to build community connections and generate resources for expanding and enriching programs that promote excellence in the Colonial School District. To donate or get involved with the CSDEF, contact Denise Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-834-1670, ext. 2151.