Charles County Public Schools benefits from community donations
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is stronger with the help of its community partners. On June 26, the Community Bank of the Chesapeake and the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland each made donations to the school system to enhance education and extracurricular activities for students.
The Community Bank of the Chesapeake donated $1,800 raised by its employees through the bank’s annual summer fundraising campaign, according to a news release. For a donation, employees can dress casually throughout the summer in the business’s polo shirts. During the past 13 years, more than $60,000 has been raised by the bank for various community organizations. First responders, food banks and health organizations have benefited from the fundraiser. This year, the bank will donate to school systems in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. Donations also will be made to the nonprofit Stafford Junction in Fredericksburg, Va., and the Arc of Prince George’s County.
The money raised by the bank is not earmarked for any special program within the school system. “Apply it where it’s most needed,” Greg Cockerham, executive vice president and chief lending officer for Community Bank of the Chesapeake, said in the press release.
“It’s wonderful to work with organizations that are so community minded,” Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill said in the release.
The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland made a $5,000 donation to CCPS, with the funds split evenly to benefit students in athletics and fine arts. An anonymous donor gave the money to the Community Fund with one directive — that it be used by the school system to help students in need.
Hill pointed out that while high school athletics are free to play, they are not entirely without cost. The same goes for participating in various art programs. “There are shoes, equipment, supplies ... all of which cost money,” she said. “Our student athletes and artists will benefit greatly from this donation.”
The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland works with donors to fulfill charitable interests and goals. People — those who are named, others who wish to remain anonymous — can establish non-endowed funds to support community needs now, or endowments to ensure future support in the region.