FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS:  Mechanics Cooperative Bank is proud to support the Fall River Children’s Museum with a $15,000 donation.  This gift was used to create a new and fun activity room helping to enhance the already wonderful experience local children have at the Museum.  This gift represents a significant commitment from Mechanics Cooperative Bank at a time when the Museum was searching for funding to expand their exhibits.

Mechanics Cooperative Bank’s gift was used directly to purchase a new EyePlay Floor system.  This highly advanced video game platform uses motion-activated games that kids can play with their entire bodies. Multiple children can run, jump, twist and dance, using their hands and feet to set sounds and projected graphics in motion. The interactive system combines the intuitive human motion with an interactive floor and the result is a highly effective interactive playground that captivates children and keeps them physically active. Part of what makes EyePlay Floor so much fun is the high level of natural interactivity that it encourages.

Executive Director Jo-Anne Sbrega said “This gift from Mechanics Cooperative Bank could not have come at a better time as the Museum was actively trying to purchase one of these machines.  The commitment from Mechanics Cooperative Bank, and Branch Manager Maria Rego, who sits on our Board, has been truly amazing.  Mechanics Cooperative Bank represents everything a community bank should be and we are grateful for their support and ongoing efforts to improve the quality of our museum for generations to come.”

The mission of the Fall River Children’s Museum is to provide an environment that encourages and inspires a love for the learning process while strengthening family, education, and social bonds. In its unique environment, children actively make connections among ideas, people and cultures. Encompassing the broad themes of community, family, and creativity, the museum encourages children to define their role in and contribution to society at large while supporting every parent’s effort to be the best parent they can.

At the Museum we offer interactive exhibits that respond to children’s diverse educational needs and help nurture their cognitive development. They also provide a creative center for “hands-on” learning through permanent and changing exhibits that stimulate intellectual curiosity and exploration in the areas of math, science, technology, and the arts.

President and CEO of Mechanics Cooperative Bank Joseph T. Baptista Jr. commented “How proud we are to support this great community asset here in the City of Fall River that is focused on children, education and families.  We applaud the Museum, and specifically Jo-Anne Sbrega’s efforts, to create this wonderful opportunity and improve the quality of our great City.  Thank you.”

With total assets of $475 million, Mechanics Cooperative Bank offers a wide variety of personal and business deposit and loan products. And as a Massachusetts co-operative bank, 100% of customers’ deposits are always fully insured.  Established in 1877, Mechanics Cooperative Bank is Massachusetts’ second-oldest co-operative bank with eight conveniently located branches in Bridgewater, Taunton, North Dighton, Somerset, Swansea, Fall River and Westport. For more information, call 1- 888-MECHANICS (632-4264) or visit Mechanics-Coop.com. Member FDIC.  Member SIF.  Equal Housing Lender.


Photo Caption: Mechanics Cooperative Bank Branch Manager and Fall River Children’s Museum Board Member (left), Maria Rego, presents a check in the amount $15,000 to Fall River Children’s Museum Executive Director, Jo-Anne Sbrega as local children actively play in the new room created with the funds from Mechanics Cooperative Bank.