Cornerstone Bank recently donated $5,000 to the Gateways Academy, Inc., a small, private school in Shrewsbury.
“Our Community Relations Manager, Nicole Digregorio, visited Gateways Academy once a week for 10 weeks, presenting three different financial literacy programs for students in grades 1 through 12,” said Cornerstone Bank CEO Todd Tallman. “She and the other members of our team who joined her were incredibly impressed by the students, staff and school, so we wanted to increase our involvement. They all look forward to returning for more programs next year.”
Cornerstone’s donation will support the school’s American Sign Language (ASL) program. ASL was selected as the school’s foreign language of choice because it’s among the top five languages used in worldwide communication. The funds will also support physical education and team building for students at the local YMCA.
“We’re proud to support these innovative, forward-thinking programs at Gateways Academy, and to provide students with essential, age-appropriate money skills,” said Tallman. “As a financial institution, we believe in the importance of teaching everyone from kids to senior citizens about money and its life-long management. We offer a wide array of financial literacy programs to our Central Massachusetts community. Gateways Academy was one of 70 different local organizations we initiated or renewed partnerships with over the past year.”