United Way thanks Dr. Richards

Wilton Public Schools’ annual United Way pledge drive raised close to $5,700 this year, said Faith Douglass, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County’s resource development director.

At the March 27 Board of Education meeting, Ms. Douglass presented Superintendent Gary Richards with a plaque of appreciation.

“Thank you for your generous community support and commitment to improve the lives of kids in need,” Ms. Douglass said to Dr. Richards.

“Thank you to all the members of the Board of Education — you have been supportive for scores of years.”

Ms. Douglass also recognized Wilton’s campaign manager. Dr. Mike Cicchetti was responsible for coordinating the United Way campaign every fall in the Wilton district.

Ms. Douglass gave Dr. Cicchetti a certificate for his support and work in the campaign.

“Mike is a United Way veteran. He understands the challenge and the importance of that culture and he brought that with him, which I certainly appreciate,” said Ms. Douglass.

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County serves 11 towns, including Wilton.

“A lot of our focus is on the cities of Norwalk and Bridgeport, and that resonated with the Wilton Public School system and with the faculty,” she said.

When she and Dr. Cicchetti met, Ms. Douglass said, they discussed trying to increase participation rates.

“We did just that. We increased it by 18%,” Ms. Douglass told the education board. “It was a big applause and a goal that we were really proud of.”