Citizens Bank Expands Education Initiative Program To Include Southside School District

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BATESVILLE, Ark. – March 8, 2013 – Citizens Bank is expanding its successful Education Initiative and inviting educators from the Southside School District to apply for $5,000 in grant money to fund teachers’ projects.  The deadline for grant applications is April 15.

Lloyd Davis, Citizens Bank’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, and Penny Thornton, Executive Assistant, met recently with Southside administrators, faculty and staff to explain the program.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to partner with Citizens Bank in this educational initiative for our teachers,” said Roger Rich, Superintendent of the Southside School District. “Our faculty and staff work extremely hard, and go to great measures to serve our students educational needs.  The opportunity for additional funding will enhance educational outcomes for so many of our students.  The effort of Citizens Bank is greatly appreciated, and we are very grateful for the generosity shown toward our District to help enhance the lives of our students.”

“Citizens Bank recognizes that a lack of resources can be a challenge to exceptional teachers who work so diligently every day to educate our children,” said John Dews, President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Bank.  “That’s why we are so pleased to expand this initiative, and extend our commitment to excellence in education in the communities we serve.”

In the first two years of the Citizens Bank Education Initiative, educators in the Batesville School District have received a total of $30,000, which has provided funding to help create an outdoor ecology lab at Sulphur Rock Magnet; purchase iPads and create a technology center at Central Magnet Elementary; provide parents of preschoolers with “Early Learning Literacy Kits”; acquire CD players with headphones to increase reading fluency and help develop vocabulary at West Magnet Elementary; establish “Kindle Touches Literacy” and “Boys Will Be Readers” programs at Eagle Mountain Magnet; and other projects.

The Lyon College Education Department has agreed to continue its partnership with Citizens Bank to review all applications and select the grant recipients.

In the photos below, Penny Thornton (left) and Lloyd Davis explain the Citizens Bank Education Initiative to Southside School District administrators, faculty and staff.

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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