Fulton Bank recently donated $5,000 to the Oxford Area School District’s elementary strings program through the state Educational Investment Tax Credit Program and the Oxford Educational Foundation (OEF.) Pictured from left are Superintendent of Schools David Woods; Carolyn Blackburn, Financial Center Manager, Fulton Bank Oxford; Shawn Standen, Vice President, Commercial Banking and Andrew Stump, Senior Vice President, Commercial Markets, Fulton Bank Brandywine Division; OEF Board of Directors member Stephen Roberts and OEF Executive Director Dr. Raymond Fischer.
Fulton Bank recently presented a donation to the Oxford Area School District’s elementary school strings program. The $5,000 donation was made through the Oxford Educational Foundation (OEF) and the state Educational Investment Tax Credit Program (EITCP), which is designed to encourage banks and other business institutions to support education by providing tax credits based on the amount of gifts made to Pennsylvania schools.
Now in its second year, the strings component expands the district’s band curriculum to an orchestra program with the addition of violin, cello and bass instruction in grades three and four. The strings program was established with support from the Oxford Educational Foundation, and is designed to expand to additional grade levels in the future.
“Where many school districts are cutting back in the arts, Oxford Area School District has always kept the arts on the forefront, and programs like the EITCP help make that possible,” said OEF Executive Director Dr. Raymond Fischer.
For over a decade, OEF has served as a state-approved Educational Improvement Organization, making the foundation eligible for gifts through EITCP.