MutualOne Charitable Foundation awards $2,500 to Junior Achievement

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $2,500 to Junior Achievement (JA) of Northern New England.

The mission of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

According to Haranas, the Foundation’s donation will empower 323 Framingham and Natick students in grades K through 12 with financial literacy, work force readiness, and entrepreneurship skills through experiential hands-on programs taught by trained JA volunteers.

The local schools involved in the program are Framingham High School, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, and St. Bridget School in Framingham and the Bennett- Hemenway, Brown, and Memorial schools in Natick.

The Foundation presented the award at a recent meeting with JA and school representatives held at the Bennett-Hemenway School.

“The faculty and students are incredibly grateful to MutualOne for their support of the Junior Achievement programs at Ben-Hem,” said Ian Kelly, Bennett-Hemenway School principal. “One of our primary responsibilities is ensuring that Natick’s youth leave our schools college and career ready. The financial literacy focus of Junior Achievement complements and supports this critical goal.”

“Junior Achievement of Northern New England is also truly grateful to MutualOne for their incredible commitment to our organization, and to the communities they serve,” said Emily Neill, president of Junior Achievement of Northern New England. “This generous donation will allow us to continue to impact a great number of students here at the Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School this school year.”

The $2,500 grant to Junior Achievement of Northern New England was among awards totaling $45,000 made by the Foundation in its most recent round of funding.

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PRESENTATION – MutualOne Charitable Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (far left) and MutualOne Bank President Mark Haranas (far right) celebrate the Foundation’s recent $2,500 donation to Junior Achievement (JA) of Northern New England with Principal Ian Kelly of Natick’s Bennett-Hemenway School and Emily Neill, JA president. Addison, a Ben-Hem second-grader and a JA student, helps display the ceremonial check.