First Financial Federal Credit Union Pledges Five Years Of Donations To BCPS


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BALTIMORE COUNTY - First Financial Federal Credit Union announced a $50,000 commitment to Baltimore County Public Schools over the next five years. Starting during the 2023-2024 school year, First Financial will give 10 $1,000 grants to schools in Baltimore County. They have pledged to continue this program through the 2027-2028 school year.

The Putting Students First Grant Program first donated grants of $500 each to BCPS during the 2021-2022 school year, thanks to a partnership between First Financial and the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools.

Deborah S. Phelps, executive director of The Education Foundation, said these grants will improve the quality of education for kids in Baltimore County Public Schools.

“First Financial’s commitment to extend and enhance the Putting Students First Grants brings extra sparks of excitement and motivation to the educators in BCPS,” she said. “This opportunity will allow educators to create and design additional innovative, research-based programs. It will provide them supplies and resources to implement the programs contributing to the overall learning environment for our students and allow educators to continuously embrace the total child. The foundation extends its utmost gratitude to First Financial Federal Credit Union for being our ‘Education Champion’ for Team BCPS.”

The grants serve to support student services and curriculum enhancements. Before being given to the schools, the contributions are judged, reviewed, and approved by a joint committee of the Education Foundation and First Financial representatives.

The schools selected to receive grants in 2022 are:

  • Perry Hall Elementary School
  • Battle Grove Elementary School
  • Cedarmere Elementary School
  • Charlesmont Elementary School
  • Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School
  • Featherbed Lane Elementary School
  • Glyndon Elementary School
  • Loch Raven Technical Academy
  • Riverview Elementary School
  • The Western School of Technology and Environmental Science

According to First Financial President and CEO Eric Church, the company is “proud” to continue its commitment to BCPS.

“Seeing the impact this partnership has had within the educational community made it easy for us to decide to continue this initiative,” Church said. “Recognizing how critical quality education is to our future, we’re proud to deepen our support of the grant program and extend this partnership for another five years.”

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