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Businesses Bullish on Bensalem Public Schools

Many area businesses taking part in new Businesses For Schools program.

Local businesses are bullish on .

And now there are signs to prove it.

is the latest township business to take part in the new Businesses For Schools (B4S) project by making a statement donation to the Bensalem Township School District.

And that gift -- 125 posters emblazoned with "We Support Bensalem Public Schools" -- has begun making appearances in the windows and on the walls of local businesses.

"I believe in giving back to the community," said Printmaster's owner Judy Loftus. "I do a lot of volunteering in the community. It's about giving back."

B4S began in March when Clear Channel Outdoor agreed to give the district free space on two electronic billboards, on Route 1 and I-95, to tout the district's accomplishments. The first message told motorists about students' districtwide success in state testing. The next message, this summer, will let everyone know the district is offering universal full-day kndergarten in September.

Soon after, and donated two gowns and two tuxes enabling four BHS seniors to attend prom this past Friday. , , and also joined in the inaugural Community Pride Project offering their services to help those students who had overcome significant challenges.

Earlier this month, Sport Clips extended its benevolence, providing 50 free haircut coupons to BHS.

"They went like hotcakes," said Principal Robert Anderson.

Tim Wilson, co-owner of the local Sport Clips franchise, said. "We are a local business that believes in participating in the heart of the community."Also, this month LA Fitness donated two free three-month memberships that will be awarded to a deserving student and teacher.

Some B4S business donations even come from far outside the township. Through a Facebook connection, Ajimco Construction of Elizabethtown earlier this month made the district aware of five bookcases that were being removed and discarded from a store in Lancaster. Those 5-foot-tall bookcases were just what the library at Valley Elementary School needed

Superintendent ot Schools David Baugh said the district is grateful for the burgeoning business benevolence.

"The support of the community is vital to the health of our schools. Despite tough times, our businesses are going deep for the students and we appreciate this as an investment in the future of our community," he said.

The district will soon announce an exciting project with Lowe's and is in talks with several other area businesses interested in helping Bensalem Public Schools.

Stay tuned.

Information provided by Bensalem school district.

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