First Financial Foundation Awards Classroom Grant to Brick Educational Enrichment Center Teacher

Press Release

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Pictured above from left to right: Graham Stevens (First Financial JFAC Managing Director), Issa Stephan (First Financial President & CEO), winning teacher Sally Flannery, Assistant Superintendent Walter Hrycenko), Jessica Revoir (First Financial Marketing Manager), and Megan Shull (First Financial Business Development Officer).

Brick Township, NJ – Brick Educational Enrichment Center Teacher Sally Flannery, a resident of Wall, NJ, was delighted when she received a surprise visit to her classroom by First Financial President & CEO, Issa Stephan, who brought her a $500 classroom grant for the 2012-2013 school year.

Ms. Flannery submitted a grant application to purchase drop-proof iPad cases to protect the devices she uses to teach preschool children with special needs.

“The iPad is single handedly helping our children access a world they’ve never had access to before,” said Flannery. ”However, there’s one tiny, little glitch. Preschoolers drop things. Often, children on the autistic spectrum and children with behavior disorders throw things, and they are not able to differentiate between the cost of a stuffed dinosaur and a $500 iPad. The drop-proof cases will help protect our equipment and ensure our children have access to the world at their fingertips.”

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Pictured above left to right: Principal Kathleen DiGrigoli, Issa Stephan, Sally Flannery, and Walter Hrycenko.

Since First Financial began with a group of Asbury Park schoolteachers back in 1936, the credit union has not forgotten its educational roots.  That is why its Foundation offered current Monmouth and Ocean County educators fourclassroom grants to use at their schools for the 2012-2013 school year.

To see this year’s other classroom grant recipients, click here.

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