CCPS receives inaugural donation to foundation
The Community Bank of the Chesapeake donated $50,000 to the newly formed Calvert County School Foundation. The foundation seeks to secure resources needed to enhance the educational process by supporting activities not typically funded by tax dollars, according to a press release.
The donation was presented to the Board of Education on behalf of the Community Bank of the Chesapeake by Bill Pasenelli, CEO; Jimmy Burke, president; Jim DiMisa, chief operating officer; Greg Cockerham, chief lending officer; Diane Hicks, vice president and director of marketing; and Bonnie Barrett, vice president and branch market manager.
Vicky Karol, director of strategic partnerships and community engagement, oversees the work of the foundation. Her goal for the foundation, she said in the release, is to provide a permanent source of supplemental funding for Calvert County Public Schools through donations and community involvement. The resources will be allocated for innovative educational programs that foster creative approaches to teaching and learning. Among other initiatives, teachers will be able to apply to the foundation for mini-grants for classroom projects.
Daniel Curry, superintendent, said in the release, “The Foundation has been a goal of mine for a while, and I knew Dr. Karol was the right person to get this off the ground. Thanks to her and to the fine folks at Community Bank of the Chesapeake.”
Members of the foundation board of directors include Barrett; Karol; Barbara McKimmie, president of the Calvert Retired School Personnel Association; Donna Ostenso, president of the Calvert Education Association; Guffrie Smith, president of the Calvert Collaborative for Children & Youth; and Mark Wannamaker, general manager of Bayside Toyota.
The foundation operates under the umbrella of the Calvert Community Foundation, which is in partnership with Chesapeake Charities. Under the direction of Chairman of the Board and President Nancy Highsmith, the Calvert Community Foundation is a nonprofit resource that provides community groups a simple, accountable method to fulfill their philanthropic missions, the release states. Chesapeake Charities is a 501(c)3 community foundation based in Queen Anne’s County that serves the Chesapeake Bay region.
The Calvert County School Foundation accepts a check presentation for $50,000 from Community Bank of the Chesapeake.