Citizens Bank Helps Sulphur Rock Open New Library Media Center

Date of Release: 
Monday, September 9, 2013

BATESVILLE – September 9, 2013 – Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary recently celebrated the opening of its new Library Media Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school.

Using oversized scissors, Principal Stacey Lindsey and Library Media Specialist Lisa Horton cut the ribbon to officially open the new media center.  Also participating in the ceremony were representatives of the Batesville School District, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Citizens Bank, which provided more than $4,000 in grants to make the media center a reality. 

Ms. Horton submitted an application to the Third Annual Citizens Bank Education Initiative, seeking to create an inviting atmosphere that enhances a love for learning among students in Kindergarten through the 6th grade, in a space that also can be used by teachers, parents and the community.   

She said her goal was to develop a media center that will engross students in text and technology, and allow them to listen to stories, participate in discussions and take part in research activities.

In the first three years of the Education Initiative, Citizens Bank has invested $45,000 in grants to educators in the Batesville School District

“Citizens Bank this year launched an Education Initiative for the Southside School District and announced plans to expand it to help educators in Midland and Mountain View,” said John Dews, Citizens Bank President and Chief Executive Officer.  “These programs directly benefit students, encourage and reward imaginative teaching, and provide a vehicle through which educators can share their best ideas.”

About The Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County.  Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties.  The bank operates 10 fully staffed financial centers in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Mountain View and Pleasant Plains.

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PHOTO CAPTION:  Principal Stacey Lindsey and Library Media Specialist Lisa Horton (center left and right) prepare to use oversized scissors to cut the ribbon to officially open the new media center. Also participating in the ceremony were representatives of the Batesville School District, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Citizens Bank, which provided Education Initiative grant monies to help create the media center.