By Laura Hayes, Senior Community Reporter
SHREWSBURY – The Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union has gifted the Shrewsbury Public Schools $40,000 to support the district’s coordinators of development and volunteer activities positions.
“We are here this evening to tell you that we think that is a wonderful idea,” Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union Community Relations Officer Michael Hale said of the program during an Oct. 20 School Committee meeting. “We are a mission-driven organization, and our mission is to give back to our members when we can, but also to the community at large.”
The School Committee formally accepted the gift.
Assistant Superintendent Jane Lizotte said the coordinators have helped raise large amounts of money, some of which went to updating the school district’s TV production studio. The coordinators also helped bring in $1.8 million for the turf field at Shrewsbury High School.
Hale said this gift is an extension of the private-public partnership between the Credit Union and the district. The Credit Union has funded “several” requested initiatives, he said.
Lizotte said Hale also joined a group of business and tradespeople last week at the high school to discuss how the school can support students throughout their high school careers as students explore school to career, trade or college opportunities.
“I never get a ‘no’ when I ask for help [from Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union],” Lizotte said.