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Webster Bankers, Junior Achievement Team Up to Teach Financial Literacy to Waterbury, Conn., Children

(5/21/10) — More than 40 Webster Bank employees 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 fourth year Webster sent instructors to a school in its market area for the “JA in a Day” project and the first year the team visited a school in Waterbury. The volunteer instructors worked in pairs with students in kindergarten through fifth grade classes. (In photo, from left to right in the rear, are Webster employees Ryan McEleney, Selena Smith and Shari Dillon with Tinker students.)


Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, reaching millions of young people throughout the globe.


"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, I’m sure the students of Tinker School appreciate it even more."


Jerry Plush, Webster’s senior executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief risk officer, spoke to the volunteers at the school today. He praised them 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, your willingness to walk the talk and get involved by spending the time to work with the students of Tinker Elementary is terrific to see,” said Plush, who also serves on the board of directors of JA of Southwest New England.