Bank Gift Supports Colebrookdale Lesson Plans

BOYERTOWN PA – A $5,500 donation from Ambler Savings Bank to the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust will support the railroad’s lesson plan, approved by the state Department of Education, that reviews the history of iron-making in the United States and the importance of the Pottstown-to-Boyertown area known as “The Secret Valley.”

The bank’s gift, provided under the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, helps provide free train excursions to Pennsylvania students who attend with their school groups. During the trip they’ll learn:

How William Penn visited “The Secret Valley” on several occasions, and
How Gen. George Washington stayed in a house along the train tracks while visiting iron masters and urging them to ramp up production for the Continental Army.

“Ambler Savings Bank’s generosity makes possible for Pennsylvania school children a unique learning experience that they will carry with them throughout their lives,” said Nathaniel Guest, executive director of the trust. Its generosity “serves as a model for good corporate citizenship and reaffirms the value of community banks,” he added. The bank operates branches in Limerick and Bally.

“We are excited to work with an organization” that is helping both downtown Boyertown’s revitalization and students’ education, said Bonnie Eckenrode, branch manager of the bank’s Bally office.

Photo from Ambler Savings Bank