Students from first grade to high school will have access to after-school learning opportunities, thanks in part to a donation from FNCB Bank to the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown.
FNCB Bank recently contributed $1,000 to the Boys & Girls Club to support its Make Your M.A.R.K.™ (Motivated Academically Ready Kids) program. FNCB Bank’s gift, made through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, will enable students ages 6 – 18 to participate in after-school educational reading and mathematics instruction.
For several years, Make Your M.A.R.K.™ has been annually approved as a qualified innovative educational program to receive funds under the PA EITC guidelines.
There are currently ten Make Your M.A.R.K.™ inner-city locations throughout the Allentown area. Students are actively engaged twice a week in after-school classes. The educational language arts/reading/English and math materials align with the Allentown School District and Pennsylvania standards for teaching.
Deborah Fries-Jackson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown, said: “We are extremely proud of Make Your M.A.R.K.™ and have seen firsthand the difference it has made in the academic achievement of our students. FNCB Bank is a generous donor and a supporter of the work we do in our community. Thanks to their generosity, we will be able to continue offering this valuable educational program.”
Locally owned and operated, FNCB Bank has 18 branches in northeastern Pennsylvania and a Commercial Lending office in Allentown.