(5/19/11) — Almost 50 Webster bankers spent the morning today teaching financial literacy to students at Tinker Elementary School in Waterbury, Conn., through a partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) of Southwest New England.
It was the fifth year Webster sent instructors to a school in its markets for the "JA in a Day" project and the second year the team visited a school in Waterbury. The volunteer instructors worked in pairs with students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experience-based, hands-on programs.
"Without enthusiastic volunteers like those from Webster who genuinely care for young people and bring real-world experience into the classroom, our programs would not have nearly the impact they have," said Louis J. Golden, president of JA of Southwest New England. "As much as JA appreciates their participation, the students of Tinker School appreciate it even more."
Jerry Plush, vice chairman and chief operating officer, who also serves on the board of directors of JA of Southwest New England, spoke to the volunteers and joined them in the classroom today. He praised everyone involved for their willingness to reach out and help the next generation improve its financial literacy.
"As a fellow Webster banker who believes it is essential to give back to the communities we serve, their willingness to walk the talk and get involved by spending time with the students of Tinker Elementary was terrific to see," Plush said.