Fidelity Bank Gives $10,000 Boost for Afterschool Program
LEOMINSTER -- Just in time for the holidays, The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster received a $10,000 grant from Fidelity Bank.
The grant is part of Fidelity Bank’s commitment to increasing its support of local nonprofits in the communities of Gardner and Winchendon in recognition of the completion of its merger with Colonial Co-Operative Bank, which had branches in those communities prior to the merger. The merged state chartered, mutually-owned financial institution has combined assets of approximately $900 million.
The funding was approved by the Colonial Advisory Board, which was created as part of the merger to approve the distribution of funds to local nonprofits. The grant will be used by the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster to continue to provide an afterschool program students at the Boys & Girls Club Gardner Clubhouse at Gardner High School.
The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster started the clubhouse as a pilot afterschool program at Gardner High School in the fall of 2015. It serves 43 students during the school year with programming that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).
“The grant will help with purchasing STEAM program supplies, financial literacy, healthy nutrition and cooking program supplies as well as books for our reading club. It will also provide transportation for field trips to STEM and STEAM focused companies, labs, schools, and exhibits,” said Donata J. Martin, executive director of The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster.
The Boys & Girls Club organization is hoping to move the Gardner program to a permanent home at the Waterford Street School in the next two to three years. The school building will be available once a new elementary school is built with the help of state funding. Organizers raised more than $53,000 dollars towards that effort at its annual fundraiser held at the Colonial Hotel in Gardner on Nov. 15.
Founded in 1888, Fidelity Bank is one of the oldest independent community banks in Central Massachusetts. Fidelity Bank’s exclusive LifeDesign approach offers a range of banking, investment and insurance solutions to clients in 12 full-service offices in Leominster, Worcester, Fitchburg, Gardner, Shirley, Barre, Millbury, Paxton, Princeton and Winchendon.
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