Our Credit Union Values the Youth
PSFCU Selects Finalists of the “Credit Union for Students”
and “Astronomy Adventure with Copernicus” Awards
On May 20th, 2010, the Community Room at the PSFCU headquarters located at 100 McGuinness Blvd. was filled to capacity with students, parents and teachers. Our guests assembled there to meet the winners of two programs, “Credit Union for Students” and “Astronomy Adventure with Copernicus”, sponsored by PSFCU in cooperation with the Polish Supplementary School Council of America. Next year, these two programs will also be offered to Polish Schools in Chicago, where our Credit Union has already opened two branches, gaining 1200 members and over 20 million dollars in assets.
Among the invited guests at the celebration in NYC, were distinguished representatives of the Polish Supplementary School Council of America. Ms. Dorota Andraka, Council Chairwoman, was among the attendees. Also present were the directors of Polish Saturday schools and representatives of Polish media in New York. PSFCU was represented Malgorzata Wadolowska, member of the Board of Directors, and Andrzej Kaminski, member of the Supervisory Committee, as well as Chief Operations Officer, Ms. Agnieszka Poslednik, Vice-President of Operations, Ms. Edyta Martula and Tomasz Kwiatkowski, Manager of the McGuiness Branch. After the ceremony, Mr. Kwiatkowski assisted the interested visitors in opening new accounts.
For the fourth time, our Credit Union has demonstrated that it values its young members and encourages their educational efforts by organizing these programs. “We are convinced that young people are the future of Polonia as well as our institution,” stated Ms. Agnieszka Poslednik. “Programs for younger members are part of our development strategy. We are currently working on our new program, ‘The Power of Youth,’ which concentrates on that important sector of the market.”
Chairwoman Andraka explained the procedure of selecting the best works and handed a Diploma of Appreciation to the PSFCU for sponsoring these programs. The PSFCU also donated two 46-inch TVs to the awarded schools. “We want to thank the PSFCU for many years of supporting our young people and the Polish Supplementary School Council of America. Programs organized by the PSFCU demonstrate to our youth that good results in school will be noticed and rewarded,” Ms. Andraka said.
The 18 finalists who were selected in the “Astronomy Adventure with Copernicus” program will attend a week-long science camp at the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center in Vestal, NY, courtesy of the PSFCU.
To date, almost 80 children have been awarded in this programs and our Credit Union has contributed $75,000 toward it. The finalists were selected based on their essay entitled “How can the Example of Nicholas Copernicus and the Financial Support of our Credit Union Help You to Become a Scientist”?
The objective of the “Credit Union for Students” program was to reward the best students from every school from the Polish Supplementary School Council of America in NY, NJ, CT and PA. The teachers’ council from each school announced the awards. The awards were given to the best students in two age categories (each school having established its own criteria) based on grades, diligence and punctuality, as well as general engagement in the life of school and Polonia. Each recipient was awarded $100 check deposited to his/her Minor Account at PSFCU. So far 183 students have been rewarded under this program. A total of 36 schools participated in this year’s editions of the program.
The award ceremony was enhanced by the performances of children from the Henryk Sienkiewicz School in Brooklyn. Julian Glowacz recited a poem by Kazimierz Wegrzyn “Poland Is in US”, and Julia Skubnisz sang an “Ich Troje” song: “Where Are You Going Poland?”
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