Bristol County Savings Bank grants $2,500 to Lloyd Center for the Environment

(from left to right): Dennis Leahy, EVP, Treasurer & CFO, Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB) and Treasurer, Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF); Maureen Sylvia Armstrong, member, BCSCF Southcoast Advisory Board; Dr. Jean MacCormack, Chair, BCSCF Southcoast Advisory Board; Erika Fernandes, Lloyd Center for the Environment Outreach Educator; Ashley Gesner, Lloyd Center Education & Outreach Specialist; Christina Connelly, Mayor Jon Mitchell's Assistant Chief of Staff, City of New Bedford; Koreen Santos, member, BCSCF Southcoast Advisory Board; Charlie Fellows, member, BCSCF Southcoast Advisory Board; and Patrick Murray, President & CEO, BCSB and President, BCSCF.

The Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), through its Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF), has awarded a $2,500 grant to the Lloyd Center for the Environment. This is the second grant that the Lloyd Center has received from BCSB in support of the Center’s Climate Science Learning Program (CSLP).

Aligned with the Massachusetts curriculum framework in science and engineering, the CSLP focuses on the projected effects of climate change on local biodiversity, introducing age-appropriate math, writing, critical thinking and life skills into core climate science lessons.

The Lloyd Center’s CSLP engages students in original research on climate change in their watershed. The Center’s hands-on learning method integrates ecological research techniques into lessons about watershed health, aligned with state and national STEM teaching standards. Students are directly engaged in original scientific research, making first-hand scientific discoveries about how nature works. Fifth grade classes do their fieldwork at the Lloyd Center or at a barrier beach field site, where they collect biodiversity data. These students participate as citizen scientists alongside Lloyd Center research scientists, gathering baseline data to document the impact of climate change on local watershed wildlife over time.

Bristol County Savings Bank is an active supporter in the communities in which it serves. The Foundation was established in 1996 as part of the Bank’s 150th Anniversary celebration.  Its purpose is to fund needs that contribute to the economic and the social well-being of the people and institutions located in the greater Taunton/Attleboro Region, the greater New Bedford/Dartmouth Region, the Fall River Region and the Pawtucket, Rhode Island Region, with particular emphasis in the areas of education and literacy, economic development and housing for the low- to moderate-income population.  Since the Foundation began, $17.9 million has been committed to hundreds of different non-profit organizations.  In 2016, the Foundation awarded $1.7 million to various 501(c)(3) organizations.

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