ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – The Bridge Academy, located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, will be able to renovate and expand its campus buildings, thanks in part to a $15,000 grant from the Investors Foundation. Investors Bank has been a strong supporter of Bridge Academy since it acquired Roma Bank in 2013.
The Bridge Academy was founded in 2003, to help students with language-based learning disabilities bridge the gap between potential and performance. Bridge Academy has a three to one student-to-staff ratio, with a curriculum tailored to meet the specific needs, learning style, and Individual Education Program (IEP) of each student enrolled.
Bridge Academy applied for the grant from the Investors Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank.
Bridge Academy currently is managing Phase II of its “Build The Bridge” capital campaign, which includes renovating the existing building on the property purchased adjacent to the current campus. The renovation will provide space for student services such as an updated art studio, nurse’s office, counselor’s office, as well as options for student, parent and professional meetings. Phase III, the construction of new classroom space, will begin after Phase II has been completed successfully.
“We are grateful to Investors Bank for its continuing support. This enables us to move closer to our fundraising goal,” said Bridge Academy Director of Education Susan K. Morris. “This grant will assist us with the renovations we need to provide the educational environment our students need.”
“Honestly, I cry tears of joy every time I am here,” said Investors Bank District Manager Linda Martin. “The students make such great strides here because Bridge Academy tailors its teaching to meet the students’ unique needs. When you hear the kids speak and listen to their stories, you immediately can tell the impact this school has on their learning and their social and emotional well-being. Clearly, the students feel like they belong here and that they matter here.”
“We have 75 students from elementary through high school and really feel as if we are one very large family,” said Morris. “Investors has become part of our extended family through their steady – and much appreciated – support through the years.”
The Bridge Academy utilizes the Orton-Gillingham Approach to teaching its students. According to Morris, this is a highly effective instructional approach used for students who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing associated with dyslexia. Orton-Gillingham is a multi-sensory approach which teaches the student specific skills using sight, sound, touch, and movement that helps activate the brain and aid retention.
About the Investors Foundation
Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. The Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing. The Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors.
About Investors Bank
Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $27 billion in assets and a network of more than 145 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s banking services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses.
Investors Bank: Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.
About The Bridge Academy
The Bridge Academy was founded in September 2003, to help students with language-based learning disabilities bridge the gap between potential and performance. Founded by parents, educational professionals, and members of the community, The Bridge Academy is staffed by highly trained educators and professionals who provide a comprehensive, effective program in a nurturing, homelike environment. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit school approved by the New Jersey Department of Education. All content areas are aligned with the New Jersey State Learning Standards to assist students to successfully transition back to district public schools or other private schools. The Bridge Academy uses positive behavior modification methods and a multigenerational approach, where older students serve as role models and mentors for younger ones. With a 3:1 student-to-staff ratio, the curriculum is tailored to meet the specific needs, learning style, and Individual Education Program (IEP) of each student enrolled. More information is available at www.banj.org.