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EITC funds support CB Cares initiatives for youth

This year, Fred Beans Automotive Group’s generous funding through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program is making possible several new and ongoing initiatives from the Central Bucks community-based nonprofit CB Cares.

Now in its 17th year, CB Cares connects Central Bucks School District youth, parents and the community to programs, resources and opportunities that support age-based developmental goals. Its primary mission is to help our community’s children grow up to be the best they can be.

End of year luncheon for the 2011-2012 Boomerang Youth Recognition Award. In this photo are students who were recognized throughout the school year at schools across the district level, together with their families at the Outback Steakhouse in Jamison. The Outback Steakhouse and the Bucks County Herald have been partners since year one of this CB Cares program. Special thanks to the Fred Beans Automotive Group for their EITC participation, which provides the funding for this 40 Assets program.

The EITC program also allowed the Beans organization to fund the Bucks County library system’s exceptional summer reading program for hundreds of children.

Among the programs CB Cares is offering as a result of the $50,000 donation from Fred Beans is Healthier Community Connections. This initiative provides students with assemblies and presentations focusing on healthy youth development, youth-related issues, youth risk factors, violence prevention, family relations and bonding, community service learning, diversity acceptance and healthy relationships.

Amy Canavan, center, signing the Safe Driving Contract with her mother, right, and PA State Representative Marguerite Quinn. The contract was first developed in 2008 as a joint venture between CB Cares and the Fred Beans Family of Dealerships.

“Not only do students experience programs that impact their lives,” says Kimberly Cambra, executive director of CB Cares. “They also learn about many organizations that need youth involvement and support, thus encouraging ‘service learning’ and civic engagement.”

Another CB Cares initiative brings a guest lecturer on parenting issues to each school. This November neuropsychologist Dr. Jay Stone presented “Advanced Parenting Skills for 21st-Century Kids” at Buckingham Elementary and “The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain” at Holicong Middle School.