Rainbow Rabbit Educational Services Corp. was recently awarded prestigious grants from Investors Bank Foundation. The press release can be read below. We express our sincerest gratitude to the Investors Bank Foundation for allowing our company to thrive by helping us empower young children everywhere as they participate in our educational programs that celebrate unique differences and reward kindness!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2019
Contact: Laura Bishop, Laura Bishop Communications 609-405-0129, [email protected]
Rainbow Rabbit Anti-Bullying Program Gets Boost From Investors Bank Foundations
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – The Investors Bank Foundations – Investors Foundation and Roma Bank Community Foundation – are helping a rabbit teach children to celebrate unique differences and reward kindness. The Foundations’ recent grants totaling $6,000 will bring Rainbow Rabbit’s story to local schools through the Rainbow Rabbit Educational Services Corporation.
Rainbow Rabbit Educational Services applied for the grants from the Investors and Roma Bank Community Foundations, which support non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013.
According to Rainbow Rabbit Educational Services Executive Director Joseph Vallee, Jr., the Rainbow Rabbit Anti-Bullying/Kindness Educational Program provides the tools and coping mechanisms to help children – beginning at a very young age – to handle difficult situations effectively, both in and outside of the classroom. “The book and plush toy created by Arthur Vallee, a former Walt Disney animator in the 1930s, inspired the program,” explained Joseph Vallee, who is Arthur’s grandson. The program was created in conjunction with teachers, child psychologists, anti-bullying experts, and school guidance counselors.
The Rainbow Rabbit story is about a colorful rabbit who, when he begins his adventure, is very sad and lonely. Rainbow Rabbit knows that he looks different from everyone else and is not accepted by those around him. But thanks to the kindness of the queen, Rainbow Rabbit soon realizes that his unique qualities made him special, and this makes him optimistic about his future. Rainbow Rabbit knows his life will be as bright and colorful as he is.
In addition to the book and the plush toy, the Rainbow Rabbit program includes unit and lesson plans for grades Kindergarten through fourth-grade, teacher/facilitator guide and a post-presentation student questionnaire.
Investors Bank Vice President and Community Development Officer-NJ Sandy Broughton, Vice President and District Manager Rennie Resalsingh, and Assistant Vice President and Senior Branch Manager Anthony Mannello recently presented Rainbow Rabbit Educational Services Corporation with grants from the Investors Foundation and the Roma Bank Community Foundation totaling $6,000.
“The impact of bullying on children – and their families – is devastating,” said Broughton. “The Investors Bank Foundation and Roma Bank Community Foundation are pleased to be able to help bring the uplifting story of Rainbow Rabbit to children who might be feeling alone, left-out, and bullied, or who might unthinkingly be bullying another child. We believe helping young children recognize that differences are something which should be celebrated, and that everyone has something to contribute is critical.”
“We are extremely honored, humbled, and thankful to receive these donations from the Investors and Roma Bank Community Foundations,” said Vallee. “We are grateful to have such a great relationship with Investors Bank. From the very beginning, they have understood the importance of empowering children, and our ability to change their lives with the Rainbow Rabbit anti-bullying and kindness program.”
Photo Caption: Investors Bank Vice President and Community Development Officer-NJ Sandy Broughton, Vice President and District Manager Rennie Resalsingh, and Assistant Vice President and Senior Branch Manager Anthony Mannello recently presented Rainbow Rabbit Educational Services Corporation with grants from the Investors Foundation and the Roma Bank Community Foundation totaling $6,000. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013. Pictured from left are Mannello, Rainbow Rabbit Educational Services Executive Director Joseph Vallee, Jr., Broughton, Rainbow Rabbit’s Shirley Vallee, and Resalsingh.
About the Investors Foundation
Investors Bank created the Investors Bank 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 $26 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 Rainbow Rabbit
Rainbow Rabbit Educational Services Corp. is an IRS-registered 501(c) non-profit organization that uses the story of Rainbow Rabbit to assist children in unlocking their potential. The Rainbow Rabbit program works to empower children, parents, and educators to create a positive environment that celebrates unique differences and rewards kindness. The character of Rainbow Rabbit is owned by Vallee Enterprises, LLC. For more information about the Rainbow Rabbit anti-bullying education program please visit the website at www.therainbowrabbit.com.