Students at Resurrection hosted an event led by the Bridge Educational Foundation in recognition of $34,500 for area schools received from businesses through Pennsylvania’s tax credit programs.

Students asked questions of representatives from businesses that participate in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit programs in partnership with Bridge. Also attending the Oct. 11 event were state employees who work with legislators who support EITC and OSTC.

Students wanted to know about volunteerism, job training and skills required for employment in their companies. Annalise K. asked why families that receive assistance through the program must volunteer 40 hours a year.

“It’s a way to pass forward to others who may be in need another way,” said Patty Barthel of Waste Management. She said helping in a soup kitchen or with a litter cleanup, as examples, continues the mission of serving communities.

Businesses that participate in the programs receive tax credits for donations made to state-approved, non-profit organizations.

The donations from Covanta, M &T Bank, Malady & Wooten, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and Waste Management go to Lancaster County families whose children attend Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Lancaster Catholic High School, Linville Hill Christian School, Our Lady of the Angels, Excentia’s S. June Smith Center and Resurrection Catholic School.

“We believe in strong education … and in supporting and investing in the community we serve,” said Corey Coleman of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, in response to a question from eighth-grade student Tony N. who asked why Coleman supports the cause.

Natalie Nutt, Bridge executive director, said the programs provide families with a choice. “We hope that with the support of the local lawmakers the programs will continue to grow and help families choose their best educational options for many decades to come.”