The Westerly Community Credit Union has recently awarded 19 WCCU Teacher Grants, totaling over $9,000, for the 2021/22 school year. Grants have been awarded to teachers from the Chariho, Coventry, Exeter-West Greenwich, Narragansett, South Kingstown, Stonington, and Westerly school districts, for a total of over $45,000 awarded to date. The Teacher Grant Program awarded grants in values up to $500 annually to support creative and experiential educational projects or programs in the area’s school districts. Special consideration is given to innovative projects that strengthen the relationship between schools and the community at large, as well as to projects that support student excellence. All applications are judged on specific criteria, including Educational Focus, Promotion of Skills/Excellence, Creativity/Innovation, Community Connection, and Goal Clarity/Attainability. Contact Kim Gates, WCCU’s Financial Education Officer, at 401-596-7000 x2124 or with any questions regarding the program or visit for program details.

Recipient Teachers of the WCCU Teacher Grants include: Kristen Anderson and Mary Ellen Sposato of the Chariho School District; Lisa DelBove, Jennifer Jendzejec, Adam Knight, Kelly Kramer, Patricia Maxwell, and Kristin Pires of the Coventry School District; Gregg Charest and Christopher Massed of the Exeter-West Greenwich School District; Karen Festa and Krystal Uricchio of the Narragansett School District; Martha Barbera, Carrie Kelly, and Anna Stuart-Vieira of the South Kingstown School District; Noreen Elliot and Marika Heughins of the Stonington School District; and Ann Marie Doyle, Leanne Liguori, and Bea Lukens of the Westerly School District.

Steve White, WCCU President and CEO, emphasizes the dedication and commitment of local educators, stating that each year, funding is awarded for innovative projects to teachers who go above and beyond. WCCU looks forward to supporting educators and their creative projects for many more years through the Teacher Grant program.

Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full-service financial institution currently serving over 20,000 members with lending and deposit products through convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, Coventry and online at Recent WCCU awards include Westerly Sun’s Readers’ Choice Best Credit Union, Best Mortgage Company, Best Financial Advisor, Best Bank Award, Southern RI Chamber Choice Award, Best Employer and “Spreadin’ the Love” community service awards, as well as PBN Best Places to Work.

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