Drawing contest winners awarded at Amalgamated Bank
by Andrew Shilling
Mar 19, 2014 | 1370 views | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michelle Pellegrino and her students with Richard Ritchie and tellers at the bank.
Michelle Pellegrino and her students with Richard Ritchie and tellers at the bank.
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Ritchie and the Nianh, the first place winner.
Ritchie and the Nianh, the first place winner.
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Richard Ritchie, branch manager at Amalgamated Bank on Grand Ave. in Maspeth, awarded three children from the nearby A.C.E. Academy for Scholars P.S. 290 with checks and prizes in the bank’s holiday drawing contest.

It was just his third month at the bank when Ritchie kicked off the contest with the school.

“In my past, I always got involved with a lot of the schools for community events because it’s good for the schools, it’s good for the children and it’s good for the banks to be behind the support of a child,” Ritchie said.

Michelle Pellegrino, dramatic arts teacher at P.S. 290, brought Nianh, Carlos and Felix to the bank last Thursday afternoon as they were presented with awards for their drawings.

Teachers at the school submitted the top 15 illustrations from their students, which were later voted on by nearly 100 residents from the community.

“I always tell them to never give up and to just keep going for it,” Pellegrino said.

For their hard work and dedication, Nianh took home the $100 first place prize, Carlos came in second and was written a check for $75m and Felix won third for his artwork and received a check for $50.

Ritchie said he plans on working with the school to bring an entire class to the bank in the near future to teach them about banking and the value of a dollar.

“It always sparks enthusiasm, the children are wonderful, they’re happy and it gives them a purpose,” he said. “That’s when we teach them what it’s all about.”

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