Sikorsky Credit Union helps Stratford’s BEST

Donation benefits classroom program

STRATFORD, CT (February 8, 2017) — Corporate partnerships are one way public schools are able to successfully implement specialized programs. For several years, Stratford School System’s BEST (Business Education Support Team) Program has partnered with Sikorsky Credit Union to bring financial literacy to students in Stratford. Recently, Sikorsky Credit Union presented a $1,000 mini-grant for Financial Literacy to the Stratford Board of Education.

Stratford’s BEST is designed to promote excellence by supporting teachers in their classroom efforts, and operates in many areas, from mentoring to scholarships. Stratford’s BEST provides grants for innovative and outstanding projects that otherwise would not be funded. Since 1987, over 50,000 students have benefited from BEST.  Grants are awarded in a wide variety of subject areas, from academics to early childhood literacy, career development, community service and the arts.

This year’s grant went to assist kindergarten teacher Vittorio Pillo with a project that will teach the basics of sharing, saving and spending.  Ms. Pillo commented: “Stratford’s kindergarten classrooms are so excited to learn about and create Moonjars this April.  Learning about how to Save, Share, and Spend will be much more fun now with these great tools to take home and use with our families!”

“Over the years, I have seen the importance of financial literacy,” mentioned Dan Ruskin of Sikorsky Credit Union, who oversees the Credit Union’s High School Internship program. ‘Understanding finances is not something that is just for high schoolers or adults—every age can benefit from developing good financial habits.”   Stratford’s BEST is one of many community organizations that receive support from Sikorsky Credit Union.

About Sikorsky Credit Union

Sikorsky Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in Connecticut with more than 62,000 members. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or volunteers in Fairfield, Hartford, or New Haven counties. Sikorsky Credit Union believes in banking the way you choose and gives members the option to bank at one of their convenient branch locations, online or through their mobile app. For more information, please visit Deposits insured by the NCUA, an agency of the US government.


Patricia Diorio
Community Initiatives Specialist
Sikorsky Credit Union
(203) 385-7386

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