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Worcester County Education Foundation Receives M&T Bank Donation

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Pictured l to r: Patti Miller, Todd Ferrante, Jon Sherwell, John Harrison, Greg Shockley, Jerry Wilson, Lou Taylor Pictured l to r: Patti Miller, Todd Ferrante, Jon Sherwell, John Harrison, Greg Shockley, Jerry Wilson, Lou Taylor

BERLIN, Md.- Representatives from M&T Bank recently presented the Worcester County Education Foundation (WCEF) with a $2500 donation to help expedite Worcester County Schools Digital Conversion.

Jon Sherwell and John Harrison were on hand to present the M&T check. They praised the newly formed WCEF for leading the charge to raise necessary additional funds to upgrade all Worcester County Schools technological teaching capabilities.

M&T Bank says it proudly supports education in our community but is especially interested in the digital conversion project that will provide an equal opportunity for every child K-12 to use and become proficient with problem solving, using digital tools. Sherwell and Harrison discussed the digital transformation they've observed in the banking industry; going from paper to digital transactions.

“Whether you are seeking a job in the banking industry, farming, healthcare or a secretarial work, digital experience is a requirement now and will be more so, when these students graduate.”

The Worcester County Education Foundation's mission is to establish a proactive partnership between the community and the public school system by linking community resources with the educational needs of its students to prepare them to succeed. The (WCEF) was created in 2014 as an independent; public-private partnership to answer the immediate deficit in funding that is needed to expedite Digital Conversion in every Worcester County school.

Upon completion, the goal is to provide every child and teacher with equal access to necessary digital technological. The Foundation recognizes the Worcester County Commissioners unwavering support for education, which is reflected in its annual budget.

Unfortunately, county funding alone, is not enough to expedite the Digital Conversion process. In addition, the Foundation found that the reality of the inadequate Public Schools' State Funding formula contributes to the gap in funding necessary for Digital Conversion. For example, the current State formula provides only $2992 in State funding for each child in Worcester County School system, while the formula provides $11,164/per student to the Baltimore County School system. Closing the current funding gap in order to expedite the Digital Conversion of our schools is the Foundation's current focus.

The Worcester County Education Foundation strongly encourages every local corporation, business owner, parent, grandparent or philanthropist to Champion Education by contacting the Foundation to see how you can help give every student in Worcester County equal access to the technology necessary to succeed in today's job market and in the future. Contact Patti Miller at patti@peckmiller.com or call 443-880-7795.

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