Charles County Pub­lic Schools ben­e­fits from com­mu­nity do­na­tions

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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.

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