It was possible Jacob was so frustrated over the years by the lack
of commitment of his fellow Quakers in establishing a free school in Lower
Merion that he initiated the first step to begin a fund for others to
contribute to or, in this case, a trust to erect a school, to educate
children, and to provide land and accommodations for the teacher(s).
Jacob, however, went one step further than educating "...the poorer
Friends' children." He included all the children in the Township regardless
of their "religious Professions or Education." Because of his and others'
generosity, the poor and orphan children of Lower Merion were allowed to
receive an education free of charge and equal to the education that any
other, more financially secure children could afford.