WCCU Awards 17 Teacher Grants to Local Educators

Monday, March 8, 2021

Westerly Community Credit Union is proud to announce they have recently awarded (17) WCCU Teacher Grants, totaling just under $8,000, for the 2020/21 school year. This is the 5th year that Westerly Community Credit Union has awarded grants to teachers from the Chariho, Exeter-West Greenwich, Narragansett, North Stonington, South Kingstown, Stonington, and Westerly school districts. To date, WCCU has awarded over $36,000 in grants.  

Congratulations to the following Teacher Grant Recipients:

  • Kim Daigle, Mary Ellen Sposato and Ryan Bridgham of the Chariho School District
  • Bevin Winner, Erin McKeen, Gwynne Millar, Melissa Marino, and Nicole Pichette of the Exeter-West Greenwich School District
  • Kelly Gonzales of the North Stonington School District
  • Gail Dandurand, Jane Flood, and Leah Mitchell of the Narragansett School District
  • Brenda Dillmann of the South Kingstown School District
  • Elaine Temel, Laura Dow and Kate Southard of the Stonington School District
  • Ide Koulbanis of the Westerly School District

‘Year after year the ingenuity and creativity of our local educators leaves us more enthused for what will come next’, said Steve White, WCCU President and CEO. ‘It is our pleasure to help fund these innovative projects and we look forward to continuing to support educational projects through our Teacher Grant program.’ 

Westerly Community Credit Union’s Teacher Grant Program awarded grants in values up to $500. These grants are awarded 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 our schools and the community at large, and to projects that support student excellence. All applications are judged on the following criteria: Educational Focus, Promotion of Skills/Excellence, Creativity/Innovation, Community Connection, and Goal Clarity/Attainability. 

Please contact Kim Gates, WCCU’s Financial Education Officer, at 401-596-7000 x2124 or kgates@westerlyccu.com with any questions regarding WCCU’s Teacher Grant Program. You can also visit www.westerlyccu.com for application details.

About Westerly Community Credit Union:
Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution, focused not on profits, but on helping its members achieve financial success. It currently serves over 19,000 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Membership is open to all who reside or work in RI & New London County, CT. Recent WCCU awards: #1 Best Bank in the Westerly Sun’s 2016, 2017, 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019) community service awards by the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce, as well as PBN Providence Business News Best Places to Work 2018-2019.