At a special assembly for Griswold High School students involved in the school’s drama program, Paul Smith, superintendent of schools, and Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, announced that the Bank has made a $5,750 donation to ensure the continuation of the drama program at Griswold High School while this year’s school budget awaits a final vote of the town’s taxpayers.
Although the drama program itself is self-sustained through performance ticket sales and other show-related income, the $5,750 stipend provided for the program directors and other administrative staff is traditionally a budget item. Jewett City Savings Bank offered to cover that expense with a one-time only donation, according to Merchant.
“Nearly half of the student population participates in the program’s fall and spring shows, whether they are performers or musicians, working on wardrobes or sets, or personally involved in some other role,” said Merchant. “That experience has become significant in the growth and education of many of our adolescents and we feel an obligation to our community to help ensure the program continues uninterrupted for another year.”
The Bank has been the primary sponsor and community partner for the school’s spring musical productions since 2011. “This production is truly a community event each and every year and our support is just another way of giving back to the community, which is something we take very seriously at Jewett City Savings Bank,” said Merchant.