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Free summer learning for CT students

By People’s United Community Foundation

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BRIDGEPORT, CT - The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that they will be partnering with Big Fun Education to provide all Connecticut students with free access to a Summer Learning League at TestPrepFUN.com; an online learning platform designed to improve Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) scores through educational games.

The $6,500 grant from People’s United Community Foundation will enable Big Fun Education to provide their Summer Learning League at no cost to all Connecticut students in grades 2-8. The website, TestPrepFUN.com, is home to the Official CMT Learning League, which includes more than 1,800 games that teach math, reading, and science vocabulary. Students are rewarded for their volume of work with prizes donated by People’s United Bank, Quassy Amusement Park, the Beardsley Zoo and others.

“It’s important for children to stay engaged in educational activities during summer vacation,” said Vincent Santilli, Executive Director of People’s United Community Foundation. “TestPrepFUN.com is providing a fun and educational way for children to retain their math, reading and science skills, which helps to reduce the summer learning loss that many students experience while they are out on school break.”

“We’re grateful to People’s for supporting our efforts,” added Annabelle Howard, founder of Big Fun Education. “A key part of our league concept is that teachers and kids see that the larger community – state businesses and philanthropies – care about them and support their efforts. Parents can go to TestPrepFUN.com and click on Summer Learning League to learn more and to sign up. We already have more than 20,000 kids enrolled. The more the merrier!”

Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People's United Bank is the premier regional bank headquartered in the Northeast with approximately $28 billion in assets. People’s United provides a full product suite of consumer, commercial banking and wealth management services through a network of 417 branches in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The Foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the Foundation include: community development, youth development, and affordable housing.

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