Sesame Flyers International Incorporated, a youth organization whose “Love A Kid Today and Every Day program has served more than 700,000 children in 23 countries over the years, received a big financial boost from the Canarsie Branch of Capital One Bank in Brooklyn recently.
Vice President of Capital One Bank, Canarsie branch, Maen S. Jariri on Saturday, Aug. 26, handed over a check for $5000 to Senator Kevin Parker, who partners with Sesame Flyers International — during Sen. Parker’s annual Back-to-School Harvest Festival, held at Paerdegat Park on 40th Street.
Jariri who attended the event for the first time, said “We are members of this community and there is nothing more important than giving back to the community we serve.”
He praised his colleagues for giving up their Saturday to attend the outreach, adding, “On a daily basis our goal is to truly bring humanity to banking, and to help to bring a great sense of engagement among the community when it comes to financial literacy and knowing the right things to do in one’s financial life.”
“It is important for us to help the community to become better savers, and to choose wisely, and be able to transact elegantly in this digital age. This is what we place emphasis on with our associates and ourselves, “ said Jariri, adding that he was happy to be at the event.
The donated funds will go a long way to help the children who benefit from two school-based community centers, one in Canarsie and the other in East Flatbush, that offer educational and recreational programs for school-aged youth, as well as GED programs, job placement and computer classes for older youth and adults.
Sesame Flyers costume band which has won 13 titles at the West Indian American Day Carnival parade on Eastern Parkway — through its foundation, has provided a safe, nurturing environment, educational support, enrichment, recreation and cultural arts and career readiness activities for 700 elementary and high school students annually through the city funded Out of School Time initiative.
Its steel pan orchestra, which remains one of the most vibrant in the community, combines music education, cultural arts and educational enrichment.