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PVSD Receives $29K from Univest for Technology

Thanks to Univest funds from the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC)Program, Skippack Elementary can purchase 30 devices and a card for storage.

The following was submitted by the Perkiomen Valley School District:

The PVSD Foundation is proud to announce that it recently received a $29,000 contribution from Univest Bank and Trust Co. through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

The money has been designated to pay for approximately 30 devices and a cart to store the machines at Skippack Elementary School. The devices will be used by students across grade levels to access information connected to their learning in all subject areas. 

“We have long admired Univest’s commitment to the communities they serve, and are proud to be able to call Univest our partner in education,” said Cindy Hickey, PVSD Foundation Acting President. “Their contribution will help the district to continue expanding its anywhere-anytime learning opportunities for students.” 

Jeff Schweitzer, who is President and CEO for Univest Corporation, parent company of Univest Bank and Trust Co., is also a parent at Skippack Elementary School. “Supporting our communities is one of Univest’s core values and education happens to be the largest area of focus for our philanthropic efforts,” said Schweitzer. “We take a holistic approach to our support, which allows us to get involved in the classroom in addition to giving financially.  In 2013, Univest employees presented a variety of financial topics to more than 3,000 students.”

Skippack Elementary School Principal Ryan Stanson-Marsh said the devices being purchased through this donation will be integrated into regular classroom activities to reinforce what students are learning in different subject areas.

“This donation supports our effort to have students create using technology as they work through the curricula.  We appreciate the support Univest has demonstrated and appreciate their willingness to partner with Skippack on such an important effort,” he said.

Univest donated the money to the PVSD Foundation through the state’s EITC program, which is offered through the Department of Community and Economic Development and allows tax credits to businesses that contribute to a scholarship organization, educational improvement organizations or pre-kindergarten scholarship organizations. Tax credits are equal to 75 percent of the contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year.

About PVSD Foundation

The Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that enhances and enriches educational opportunities for PV students through grants and scholarships to teachers. So far this year, the Foundation has supplied over $61,000 in funding to teachers of all levels for programs and technology used in the classroom.

About Univest

Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (UVSP), including its wholly-owned subsidiary, Univest Bank and Trust Co., has $2.2 billion in assets and $2.5 billion in assets under management and supervision.  Headquartered in Souderton, Pa. and founded in 1876, the Corporation and its subsidiaries provide a full range of financial solutions for consumers, businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Univest delivers these services through a network of 40 offices in southeastern Pennsylvania extending to the Lehigh Valley, Maryland and online at www.univest.net.   

In the attached photo, from left to right: Skippack Principal Ryan Stanson-Marsh, Univest President and CEO Jeff Schweitzer, and PVSD Foundation Acting President Cindy Hickey. In the front row, from left to right, are Skippack Elementary School students Madison Schweitzer, Sarah Hickey, Caroline Hickey, Gracen Hickey and Abby Schweitzer.

William Ollis January 09, 2014 at 07:19 AM
Why is this grant only benefiting Skippack Elementary? It's not the only PVSD school serviced by Univest. But the CEO's kid goes to Skippack, so he's choosing to use corporate money there in a rather self-serving way.
Jack Minster January 09, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Mr. Ollis, you just reminded me of something I've not thought about since 1970. My dad was VP of a printing company at the time I was in third grade at Highfield Elementary in Plymouth Township. One day he stopped in and donated piles of really useful, expensive paper to the class. The teacher thanked him, the kids applauded: I was so proud to be John Minster's son that day. Now flash forward four decades, reading your comment about how a man in the position to select charitable donation allocations does something similar, and you faulting him for it, begs the question if you understand the difference between charitable donations and taxation. Evidently Obama and the Dems do not.
Brett Yeagley January 09, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Mr. Ollis, If I had to guess, I would imagine the 30 devices are either laptops or tablets and the cart is for the purpose of securing the devices to protect them and to keep them from “walking away” as well making them portable between classrooms. I would also imagine you need about 30 devices so everyone in classroom can participate. As a result, dividing up the devices and spreading them around the school district would effectively render them useless because only a few students could use them at one time. You would also need to purchase additional carts to secure the devices in the other buildings. So, in my opinion, it very reasonable that only a single school could benefit from this one gift. Any gift to our educational system is a benefit as long as it helps improve the education we can provide in our school district. I have no concern that this gift may end up benefiting the child of the person who presented the gift. If there were repeated gifts that continued to single out only one school within the district then I might be a little concerned, but certainly not in this case. It does concern me a bit that our society is always looking for hidden agendas in peoples actions. Just an unfortunate sign of the times I guess based on the fact there often can be real issues to uncover. On a related note, my company allows me to target funds to be contributed every year towards STEM related resources for schools. I worked with the school district to allow them identify where the money would be spent. Granted it was nothing near the $29,000 the bank could contribute, but does the fact my kids may have used the equipment in their science class mean something nefarious was afoot? (In my case, the gift was to the high school.)
Univest Corporation January 09, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Univest is committed to providing financial assistance to schools throughout our service area. In fact, through the EITC giving program, we were able to provide donations to 16 schools in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in 2013. We are proud to be able to support education and look forward to continuing this in 2014 with financial contributions as well as through financial literacy programs that bring our employees into the classroom to help teach our students about the importance of saving and responsible money management.

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