PPL Corporation recently contributed $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown (BGCA) to support their Make Your M.A.R.K.™ (Motivated Academically Ready Kids) program. PPL’s gift, made through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, will enable students, ages 5 – 18, to participate in this 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. PA businesses can earn tax credits by contributing to this.
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 PA standards for teaching.
Deborah Fries-Jackson, CEO 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. PPL is a generous partner and a longtime supporter of the work we do in our community. Thanks to their generosity, we will be able to continue offering this valuable educational program.”
About PPL Corporation
Headquartered in Allentown, PA, PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) is one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility sector. PPL’s seven high-performing, award-winning utilities – including PPL Electric Utilities, which provides safe and reliable electric service in Pennsylvania — serve 10 million customers in the U.S. and United Kingdom. The company and its 13,000 employees are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and reliability and delivering superior value for shareowners. To learn more, visit www.pplweb.com.
About Boys & Girls Club of Allentown
For 79 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown has been providing challenging programs and services to youth, ages 5 – 19, in the Allentown community. Their mission is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens”. Nearly 3,100 inner-city youth annually attend one of the nine neighborhood based Clubhouse locations throughout the area. For more information, visit www.bgcallentown.org.