Results from our 2018 Teacher Promotion

When Joe Sgroi opened the business in 1971, he started by helping the teachers of Western New York build for their retirement. It began with helping his sister, who was a teacher at Buffalo School District, but he quickly realized more teachers needed the support and guidance to reach their retirement goals. Fast-forward to today and Sgroi Financial is still a proud local supporter of teachers and have helped over 3,000 clients with their 403(b) plans.
Prior to the 2018 school year, we announced a new promotion called the Teacher Classroom Giveaway; awarding 3 teachers $750 each to use towards improving the experience of their classrooms. To help us with this promotion, we teamed up with Townsquare Media and Clay Moden, the morning show host for Buffalo’s number one country music station WYRK. With Townsquare media, we we’re able to promote across the radio stations 92.9 JackFM, 93.7WBLK, Mix96 and 106.5WYRK. In less than 2 weeks we received over 400 entries of well-deserving teachers. With a random selection, we announced the 3 winners as: Jodi Cook from Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Elizabeth Ziegler from D’Youville Porter Elementary and Kelsey Leitten from Starpoint Middle School
Each teacher was able to use the funds however they thought would be best for their students. Mrs Leitten purchased iPads for her classroom; “The iPads allow for collaboration with peers, engagement, and motivation in the classroom,” said Leitten. “The games teach students teamwork, problem solving, and higher order thinking skills. My students and I are thankful for the generous gift you have given us.”
Mrs Ziegler, who is a first grade teacher, used the funds to improve her STEM program. “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is so important,” she said. “I purchased materials such as interlocking magnets, magnetic gear sets, legos and building blocks to use to problem solve. All the students love these materials and language development and problem solving skills are utilized when we work together.”
At Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Mrs. Cook decided to spread around her funds. She purchased school supplies and shared them with her other colleagues in need of additional materials. From tissues to crayons to backpacks, the supplies she provided were much appreciated from her fellow teachers. For her generosity, we set up a classroom visit from Clay Moden. Clay spent a morning with Mrs. Cook’s kindergarten class reading to them and answering questions about life as a radio show host. The students even showed off their singing skills when Clay asked if anyone knew the song “Baby Shark” – for any parents of younger kids, you’ve probably heard this song a few hundred times!
Our appreciation goes to the winners for making their classroom experience a better place for their students. And to all the dedicated teachers of Western New York, thank you for all you do for our community.


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