Helping Students Experience Old Sturbridge Village

Helping Students Experience Old Sturbridge Village

In the photo from left to right: Victoria Haynes – Lead Interpreter for the Freeman Farmhouse, Old Sturbridge Village; Richard Leahy - President/CEO, Webster Five; Sam Bitar - Executive Director of the Webster Five Foundation and Business Analyst, Webster Five; Jim Donahue – President/CEO, Old Sturbridge Village

The Webster Five Foundation has announced that as part of its Web of Caring to Make a Difference program, it will donate $2,000 to the Educational Outreach Project at Old Sturbridge Village in central Massachusetts. Old Sturbridge Village is a premier learning center and museum showcasing life in New England during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. One third of visitors are students on field trips, looking to take advantage of the enriching, educational, hands-on activities throughout the Village. Many times, it is because of the funding of the Village’s Educational Outreach Project that students are able to experience Old Sturbridge Village.

Webster Five’s Web of Caring to Make a Difference program reinforces the bank’s long-standing initiative to give back to the community by supporting local organizations that are making a difference. Old Sturbridge Village, a non-profit museum and education center, provides its guests with a unique learning experience inviting each visitor to find meaning, relevance and inspiration through the exploration of History. Their Educational Outreach Program aims to deliver the highest quality experience for students, despite the economic and geographic challenges by which they may be limited.

Since its inception in 1946, Old Sturbridge Village has served over 21 million visitors and is recognized internationally for its innovations in research and history. The Village hopes to remain responsive to the growing need of education to children whose ability to visit the museum is inhibited by budgets, many of whom are a part of the Webster Five community and beyond. In order to do this and serve as a cultural and educational resource, they rely on the generosity of donors and their financial assistance.

Richard T. Leahy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Webster Five, stated, “We appreciate what Old Sturbridge Village offers to the community, particularly the Educational Outreach Project and the opportunity for students. Webster Five is honored to support their goal of educating people, especially children, on the rich history of New England, delivered in a unique way.”

 James Donahue, President and CEO of Old Sturbridge Village added, “We are very grateful to Webster Five for their donation, as it allows us to continue to expand funding for our Educational Outreach Project, so that no student is denied the opportunity to visit the Village and experience what we have to offer.”

About Web of Caring to Make a Difference

Web of Caring to Make a Difference is a bank-wide community program created by Webster Five as a tangible means for the bank as an organization and its employees as individuals to make a positive impact by supporting local organizations that also are making a difference. Through the Webster Five Foundation, the program has donated more than $2 million dollars to various local nonprofit organizations for programs that support expanding and improving access to education, culture and the arts, social services, charitable activities and community development. Requests for funding through the Webster Five Foundation are reviewed by the board of directors and are awarded to established 501(c)(3) organizations in the above sectors that qualify.
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