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Businesses support BMS through tax credit

From staff reports

BELLEVILLE — Since 2001, the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program has allowed businesses and individuals to lower their tax bills by donating to private schools, scholarship organizations, pre-K programs, and other educational enrichment initiatives. In addition to the tax credit received, the local business community can utilize this opportunity to be more actively involved in education.

Belleville Mennonite School has been participating in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program for more than a decade and has recceived support from a number of local businesses, including Centre Herd Health Services, Community State Bank, Custom Concrete Pumping, FOXPRO, Hamilton Farms, Juniata Valley Bank, Kish Bank, Kish Valley Electric, MCS Bank and Sharp Shopper.

Each year, the contributions received from participating businesses have enabled the school to provide critical tuition assistance to more than 20 families.

Mark and Raissa Donahey share, “The education our children receive at Belleville Mennonite School is extremely important to us. The school is a place that builds on the values we are teaching at home. The nurturing environment combined with a rich education is essential in allowing our children to reach their God-given potential. With several children enrolled it can become a bit costly. The assistance received through local business contributions has been a huge help in making it possible to keep our children enrolled.”

Another parent, Melvin Swab, shares his appreciation for the support provided by these relationships.

“Belleville Mennonite School helps instill Christian values into my sons’ lives, which I could not do alone,” he said. “Thank you to BMS and their EITC business partners for assisting us in our journey.”

“A part of the MCS Bank mission is to invest our resources in ways that positively impact our community. One way we fulfill this mission is by supporting local families and their children who seek a Christian-based education at Belleville Mennonite School. The EITC program enables us to provide a larger contribution to the school’s scholarship fund than would otherwise be possible,” Terry Foster, CEO of MCS Bank, said.

John Dillon, president of FOXPRO, adds, “Through the EITC program, FOXPRO Inc. is fortunate to be able to direct a meaningful portion of our tax dollars to worthy local recipients. We are pleased to partner with Belleville Mennonite School as they continue to offer quality education based on superb spiritual and social themes.”

Belleville Mennonite School provides a Christ-centered education and biblical worldview that inspires students to develop minds, build faith and be disciples. To learn more about the school or this unique opportunity for businesses and individuals to receive tax credit while supporting education, visit www.bmsprek12.org or call the school office at (717) 935-2184.

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