WEST OCEAN CITY – The Bank of Ocean City stepped up last week, becoming the most recent “Champions of Education” with a generous $50,000 donation to the Worcester County Education Foundation. With BOC’s donation, the WCEF is $50,000 closer to meeting its initial and lofty $1 million dollar goal. The Bank of Ocean City, a community based bank was anxious to join the WCEF’s mission, which is to assure equal access to a World Class Education for every Worcester County student. As BOC President Reid Tingle puts it, “The Bank of Ocean City has supported the community in many ways. We pride ourselves in recognizing a good, sound investment. Education one of the greatest investments a community can make. By investing in great education, we’re making an investment in our future. The kids we educate today are the future of this town. They’ll be running this bank or leading our local government or teaching our grandchildren. We were also attracted to the Foundation’s focus on providing equal access to an excellent education, for every child in Worcester County.”
The WCEF was formed by a group of concerned parents and business leaders who believe that in order for Worcester County students to graduate fully prepared to function in the new digital college environment or to compete for the jobs of tomorrow, “we must provide the necessary learning tools, today”. The 501( c )3 Foundation goals include soliciting private funds that can be used to offset budgetary gaps during lean economic times. In addition, funds will be used to accelerate the purchase and distribution of appropriate digital devices so that every student in Worcester County K-12 will have equal access to a World Class Education. Funding will also be used for financial assistance for students who are less fortunate and finally, teacher’s grants will be available on an annual basis, for the purchase of innovative programs and teaching tools. The WCEF will also fund an endowment that will grow and become a perpetual funding source for future needs of Worcester County students and teachers.
The Worcester County Education Foundation is currently looking for opportunities to speak to businesses, corporations, private organizations, charitable organizations or any group wishing to learn more about how to become a Champion of Education, supporting Worcester County students and teachers. Visit www.wced.foundation or call 410-632-5076 for more information or ways to give.
Pictured left to right: Assistant Superintendent Worcester County Schools Lou Taylor, WCEF Vice Chairman Greg Shockley, BOC President Reid Tingle, BOC Susan Trimble, WCEF Chairman Todd Ferrante, Superintendent Worcester County Schools Dr. Jerry Wilson