Schul said some of the services provided through the READY! program are home visits with a social worker, scholarships for preschool students and play groups geared toward teaching through music, art and play.
“We are committed to the youth of our community and we are excited to put this gift to good use,” she said.
Roddell McCullough, director of Community Development for First Financial, said the bank has committed to “focus on things that are important to Middletown. Our goal to help to improve their situations through education.”
Kristen Mulligan, MCF’s finance and scholarship manager, praised the bank for its support of the campaign. She said the donation illustrates First Financial’s “commitment to the community.”
The READY! Campaign was established after a community wide survey indicated that many children in the foundation’s service area of Middletown, Monroe, Madison Twp., Edgewood and Franklin, were entering kindergarten behind standard expectations and therefore struggled to perform well in school from the start. Recognizing that its existing philanthropic endowments were not substantial enough to fund the necessary programs to enact such a significant change in local student performance, the MCF’s Board of Trustees launched a campaign to raise several million dollars specifically for the initiatives identified by its task forces and committees.
Questions about READY! and how you can help support early childhood education can be addressed by calling the Middletown Community Foundation at 513-424-7369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.