FRAMINGHAM – The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $2,500 to the Stapleton Elementary School in Framingham to establish a lending library for students.
The grant was announced yesterday, January 4, by Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee.
The request for funds to establish a student library was made by Stapleton staff members Debbie Price, resource support teacher, and Michele Biasella, literacy coach, who expressed a dire need for students to continue the reading skills they learn at school when they get home.
Stapleton Elementary has a diverse student population including English Language Learners and special education students in its 21 classrooms.
“In order to grow in reading, our students need to read outside of school and not just in the classroom. Unfortunately, many of our students do not have access to texts at their level at home,” said the request for book sets and organizational supplies to create the new lending library.
“We wholeheartedly agree with the comments by the Stapleton staff that books are an important part of education, and that the more exposure children have to quality literature, the richer their lives will be,” said Sousa. “The MutualOne Foundation is proud to fund the new Stapleton Elementary School lending library.”
The $2,500 grant to the Stapleton Elementary School was among awards totaling $137,000 in the Foundation’s most recent round of funding.
Established in 1998 as the philanthropic arm of MutualOne Bank, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has since donated over $3.6 million to charitable, educational, and civic initiatives that improve and enrich the quality of life in Framingham, Natick, and surrounding communities.
MutualOne Bank, which operates under an 1889 state charter, has full-service offices at 828 Concord Street and One Lincoln Street in Framingham and at 49 Main Street in Natick, a Commercial Loan Center at 160 Cochituate Road in Framingham, and a Residential Loan Center at 49 Main Street in Natick. The Bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and a member of the Share Insurance Fund (SIF). All deposits are insured in full.