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04/19/17

PNC: In so many ways, helping preschoolers ‘Grow Up Great’

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In Children’s Village’s PNC Grow Up Great Library, a preschooler selects a book to take home and share with her family. Through its extraordinary commitment to high-quality early learning, PNC continues to help us inspire the love of learning.

Children in our nationally accredited Preschool Program welcomed PNC representatives to classroom 303 yesterday, enjoying story time led by PNC Regional President Joe Meterchick.  PNC staff then visited our PNC Grow Up Great Library, home to more than 5,000 titles, many in English and multiple languages to encourage families reading together.  Mr. Meterchick capped the visit with extraordinary news: PNC Grow Up Great is awarding Children’s Village a $25,000 grant.  But that was not the extent of PNC’s generosity:   PNC’s also donated 10 iPads, library books, materials to enhance classroom resources and experiences for preschoolers; and $5,500 in gift cards for education supplies via DonorsChoose, an online charity that connects individual donors with classrooms in need.

PNC Regional President Joe Meterchick leads story time for preschoolers.

PNC Regional President Joe Meterchick leads story time for preschoolers.

“What an honor that PNC continues to provide Children’s Village with resources to help us set the stage for academic success for all young learners, including those in greatest need.  Most of our 211 preschoolers are from low-income families and learning English, circumstances placing them at risk of school failure,” says Mary Graham, Children’s Village’s Executive Director.

PNC’s commitment comes in many forms.  In addition to PNC’s extraordinary financial support, PNC representatives volunteer, including serving on our Board of Directors.

“It is critical to note that PNC’s impact goes well beyond the walls of Children’s Village. PNC’s advocacy work has raised awareness, especially among the business community, of the essential role of high-quality early learning in assuring a productive future for children, families, and the community.  PNC is making a lasting difference here at Children’s Village and at other early learning programs, and we are deeply grateful,” says Mary.

Read the news story: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/04/17/pnc-starts-new-chapter-for-area-preschoolers-with-25k-grant-donations/#.WPUWdRf-NVY.twitter

PNC Grow Up Great helps children from birth through age five develop a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime – and can help set them on a path to success.  Learn more, visit https://www.pnc.com/en/about-pnc/corporate-responsibility/grow-up-great.html

In the PNC Grow Up Great Library, PNC’s special visitors join Mary Graham (third from left) to display a selection of the newly donated books. PNC representatives include (l to r): Meredith Jermann, a Children’s Village Board member, Hugh McStravick, Regina Canfield, Joe Meterchick, Greg Payton, Neal Magnotta; and Anita Wilson, a former Children’s Village student.

In the PNC Grow Up Great Library, PNC’s special visitors join Mary Graham (third from left) to display a selection of the newly donated books. PNC representatives include (l to r): Meredith Jermann, a Children’s Village Board member, Hugh McStravick, Regina Canfield, Joe Meterchick, Greg Payton, Neal Magnotta, and Anita Wilson, a former Children’s Village student.

 
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