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Sikorsky Credit Union helps Stratford’s BEST, donation benefits classroom program

Stratford’s BEST is designed to promote excellence by supporting teachers in their classroom efforts, and it operates in many areas, from mentoring to scholarships. Sikorsky Credit Union is helping to fund the Mini-Grant Program, which has given Stratford’s teachers the opportunity to expand upon their creativity and enhance the educational experience for well over 50,000 students since its founding in 1987. The program provides grants for innovative and outstanding projects that otherwise would not be funded.

Donation to Stratford's BEST Program
Pictured from left to right:  Bob David, Board Member at Sikorsky Credit Union; Elaine Watson, Assistant Superintendent of Stratford Public Schools; Brittany Blake, Youth Coordinator at Sikorsky Credit Union; and Michael Shirling, Vice President of Retail Delivery at Sikorsky Credit Union.

Grants are awarded in a wide variety of subject areas, from science, math and social studies to early childhood literacy, career development, community service and the arts. Sikorsky Credit Union is funding a mini-grant in Financial Literacy, and recently made a presentation to the Stratford Board of Education.

“It has been so helpful to have such strong support from the community so we can prepare Stratford’s students to be financially literate by the time they graduate high school,” mentioned Diane Christiano, Coordinator, Career & Technology Education and the BEST liaison in the Stratford Public Schools.  “This year will be our 4th year that we coordinate a day in April as ‘Financial Literacy Day’ for all students in the Stratford Public Schools.”

“We are very pleased to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile cause, in a way that will have meaningful and lasting benefits,” says Mike Shirling, Sikorsky Credit Union’s Director of Retail Banking. “We are dedicated to helping create a strong and financially literate community.” Stratford’s BEST is one of many community organizations that receive support from Sikorsky Credit Union.