From left, Linda Racine, executive vice-president of RBT, presents a check to Stacy Maillet, president of the Nicholas James Foundation.

Rollstone Bank & Trust recently donated $1,000 to the Nicholas James Foundation, which helps local families dealing with autism. The foundation provides iPads, a proven teaching tool, to teachers and speech therapists working every day with children with autism and special needs.

Martin F. Connors, Jr., president & CEO of Rollstone Bank & Trust, said, "The Rollstone Charitable Foundation's mission is to strengthen our communities and improve the lives of children. We gave the Nicholas James Foundation its initial grant in 2012; we are happy to help them continue their important work."

Stacy Maillet, president of the Nicholas James Foundation, said iPads have been provided to 53 children in Leominster and Fitchburg. Applications for iPads continue to roll in, from schools as well as families that cannot afford to purchase their own.

"A child affected by autism often can't speak or communicate, express him or herself, or interact well with others," explained Maillet. "With the help of an iPad, the child may learn to relate words to objects, express his or her feelings, and expand knowledge and abilities."

To make a donation or learn more about the Nicholas James Foundation, visit