People’s campaign yields new classroom supplies for Connecticut students

Public schools throughout Connecticut received new classroom supplies in time for the start of the new school year, as a result of a People’s United Community Foundation $100,000 grant to DonorsChoose.org.

The foundation launched a matching campaign with DonorsChoose.org across the People’s United Bank footprint, from New York to Maine, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week in May.

Over the course of three months, the grant inspired 500 individuals to match $25,000 worth of classroom projects in Connecticut. As a result, a total of 108 projects were funded, impacting nearly 6,000 students across the state.

The foundation joined DonorsChoose.org as a matching program partner, supporting initiatives that improve the quality of education in low-to moderate-income school districts throughout the People’s United Bank footprint. Through the DonorsChoose.org website, teachers submitted project requests for materials and resources needed to enhance students’ learning experiences.

The People’s United Community Foundation grant provided 50% of the costs for eligible classroom projects, with the remainder donated by individuals, bringing the total campaign impact in Connecticut to $50,000.

“DonorsChoose.org is a wonderful resource for public school teachers who often pay for classroom materials out of their own pocket due to budget cuts and scarce spending,” said Vincent Santilli, executive director, People’s United Community Foundation. “We are delighted with the outcome of the campaign and the number of students who will be starting off the school year with the classroom resources they need. We are also very thankful for the tremendous support from individual donors who helped make this possible.”

“Thanks to People’s United Community Foundation, over 20,000 students across six states received learning materials essential to an excellent education,” said Charles Best, founder and chief executive officer, DonorsChoose.org. “We are incredibly grateful to People’s United Community Foundation for matching the donation of almost 2,000 individuals who opened their wallet to give to a local classroom.”

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