With bank’s help, JA reaches goal

Posted 6/15/12

NORTH KINGSTOW - Junior Achievement of Rhode Island, which provides programs on workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, announced it has received a grant from Webster Bank as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back to the community.

The grant was used to help support the JA in a Day program, which delivers JA programs normally spaced over five to seven weeks in one day, at Hamilton Elementary School in North Kingstown.

“As one of the region’s predominant financial services organizations, we are pleased to have the support of Webster Bank,” said Lee Lewis, president of Junior Achievement of Rhode Island, in a statement. “This grant helps JA continue providing youth in Rhode Island with the financial literacy skills they need to survive, thrive and contribute to our state’s economy.”

The program at Hamilton Elementary reached more than 500 students in 22 classrooms with activities centered on basic business and economic concepts and how education is relevant to the workplace.

“Giving of ourselves in the communities we serve is one of Webster Bank’s core values,” said Anthony Capuano, senior vice president of Webster Bank, in a statement. “By focusing on education, economic and youth development, JA programs contribute to the vitality of the community and the availability of a well-educated workforce.”

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