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Columbia Bank Foundation Supports Fair Lawn High School PTA

Grant Will Enhance STEAM Program 

FAIR LAWN, NJ – January 30, 2019 – The Columbia Bank Foundation recently issued a $20,000 grant to the Fair Lawn High School Parent Teacher Association, as part of the Foundation’s current initiative to partner with local communities and Boards of Education within the Bank’s service area. The grant will be used to enhance the school’s current Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) program.

“Columbia Bank is proud to support Fair Lawn High School’s STEAM lab,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “We hope this enhanced learning experience will encourage students to further their education in these important academic disciplines and prepare them for their future careers.”

Pictured in a special check presentation at Fair Lawn High School are (from left) Kelly O'Shea, PTA President, Rich Graff, Columbia Bank Vice President Business Banking Officer, Nick Norcia, Superintendent of Fair Lawn Public Schools, Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, Mohamed Metwally, STEAM Science Teacher at Fair Lawn High School, Eugene Banta, Fair Lawn Board of Education President, Paul Gorski, Fair Lawn High School Principal, Wilkin Santana, Fair Lawn Board of Education Trustee, Ron Durso, Supervisor of Science, Technology and Engineering Fair Lawn Schools, and Amy Dupuis.

As one of the largest private foundations in New Jersey, the Columbia Bank Foundation was created to serve the needs of local communities, and provide grants and contributions to organizations recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Columbia Bank Foundation actively seeks to provide support in seven major areas: affordable housing programs, community investment and economic development opportunities, financial literacy and educational opportunities, health and human services, community sponsored events, food pantries, and the arts. Special consideration is always given to programs that provide a measurable community impact.