April 01, 2012
Catholic grade school among Beneficial Bank's School Challenge winners
Catholic Standard & Times
Catholic grade school among Beneficial Bank's School Challenge winners Our Lady of Calvary School in Philadelphia won first place in the grades 4-8 category and the city's Central High School placed first in grades 9-12 in the Beneficial Foundation School Challenge, sponsored by Beneficial Bank.
Each school will receive a $5,000 grant to fund a program that will improve their students' learning experience. The winning schools were selected via a public, online voting contest.
"Beneficial Bank congratulates Our Lady of Calvary School and Central High School on being voted the winners of the Beneficial Foundation School Challenge," said Gerry Cuddy, Beneficial Bank president and CEO. "We saw overwhelming public support for the school challenge, with nearly a million and a half votes cast online from individuals throughout the region."
Cuddy called the challenge "a manifestation of the bank's education mission and we are thrilled to see that so many share this passion with us."
Our Lady of Calvary School will use the grant to fund a new OLC Mission Control Initiative program, which will expand and enhance space science learning at the school through computer space simulation, direct telescopic observations, rocketry and NASA/ NASTAR resources.
Of all the schools invited to submit ideas for an innovative program to improve their school, nine were selected as finalists through online voting. Each was asked to submit a video of their idea. The two schools in each category that received the most votes from a total of more than 1.4 million were named the first-place winners.
All the winning schools' video submissions can be viewed on the Beneficial Bank web site at https://www.thebeneficial.com/school-challenge-vote.asp. The schools and their students will immediately begin work on their projects and complete them by December.