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Bristol County Savings Bank Donates $7.500 to Support Arts, Culture & Design Academy

Fall River, Mass., February 1, 2018 – Atlantis Charter School announced it has received a $7,500 grant from Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB) in support of its high school “career academy,” which is a cornerstone of the school’s new $35 million dollar, state-of-the-art K-12 campus on South Watuppa Pond. BCSB’s donation will fund the purchase of technology for the school’s Arts, Culture & Design Academy.

The Atlantis Education Foundation was one of 39 non-profit organizations to receive a grant from Bristol County Savings Bank through its charitable foundation.
“We look at these charitable organizations as 39 points of light in our community and it is our hope that the more than a quarter of a million dollars donated by our Foundation today will make those lights shine as brightly as possible,” said Patrick J. Murray, President & CEO of BCSB and President of BCSCF. “Being a community bank, it is a core principle of ours to support the neighborhoods were our customers live and work so we look forward to seeing firsthand the positive impact these grants make throughout the local area.”
Construction is nearly complete on Atlantis’ new waterfront campus. Barring any unforeseen delays, students are tentatively scheduled to start classes in the new building when they return from winter break on February 27, 2018. The 98,000-square-foot facility will feature three wings of open-concept classrooms, cafeterias, common spaces and a gymnasium. The waterfront will provide access to recreational activities, such as rowing and sailing. In addition, there will be an athletic stadium to support multiple varsity, club, elementary and middle-school sports across the community.

“Our new campus will provide our students with the educational experience every child deserves, and this donation will provide our students with exposure to the kinds of technology artists, designers, and engineers use in the workplace” said Robert Beatty, Executive Director at Atlantis Charter School. “It is the support of community partners like Bristol County Savings Bank that is helping us make a difference in the lives of each and every one of our students.”

Atlantis’ five innovative school-to-career academies were designed in collaboration with strategic industry and higher education partners to provide students with in-demand skills and real-world experience necessary for career success in the 21st century. The academies include:

• Business and Entrepreneurship
• STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
• Arts, Culture & Design
• Teacher Development
• Health, Med-Tech & Sports Medicine

Atlantis is offering a wide range of opportunities for donors who want to invest in the new campus, including naming rights to different buildings, the two large student centers, individual classrooms, and outdoor spaces on the 43-acre campus, such as a courtyard, community garden and nature trails.

Anyone interested in making a contribution in any amount is encouraged to call Atlantis directly at 508-235-4032. Donors can also give directly by visiting the Atlantis website at

About Atlantis Charter School
Atlantis Charter School, based in Fall River, Massachusetts, is a leading public charter school that serves nearly 1,400 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across the SouthCoast region. Its mission is to provide students with an education second to none, yielding life-long academic excellence and learning skills. Founded in 1995, Atlantis was one of the first charter schools in Massachusetts. It is now one of the largest, consistently ranking among the highest-performing public charter schools in the Commonwealth. The high school is frequently recognized for its ground-breaking career academies which were developed in partnership with industry and higher education to prepare an educated 21st century workforce and drive economic development.
About Bristol County Savings Bank 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, more than $19 million has been committed to hundreds of different non-profit organizations. In 2017, the Foundation awarded $1.8 million to various 501(c)(3) organizations.

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