Citizens Bank Welcomes Area’s New Educators

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BATESVILLE – August 22, 2013 – About 80 teachers, administrators and school board members attended Citizens Bank’s First Annual New Educators Breakfast held in the Edwards Commons Building on the campus of Lyon College.  The event recognized new teachers joining the faculties of schools in the Batesville, Southside, Midland and Cedar Ridge school districts, as well as Lyon College and the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

After a buffet breakfast, each new teacher was introduced by one of their administrators, and presented a gift bag with items donated by Anytime Fitness, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Carlee’s Hallmark, Century 21 - Cindy Cooke, Citizens Bank, Deni’s Inspirations, Maurice’s, Nails Spa, Natalie’s, Schwegman’s Office Supply, Signature Baskets, Sonic, Stanley Wood - Greg Johnson, State Farm - Kenny Allen, State Farm - Renee Martin, UACCB, Vernon - Amy Beth Anderson, White River Health Systems and WRD Entertainment.

Mrs. Joan Bardsley provided inspirational remarks from the perspective of a retired, life-long educator.  Mrs. Bardsley, from Marion, Indiana, taught for more than 40 years in both private and public schools and at the university level, winning numerous teaching awards.  She is now a motivational speaker.

“The New Educators Breakfast is the latest example of Citizens Bank’s commitment to education and support for educators,” said John Dews, Citizens Bank President and Chief Executive Officer.

Three years ago, the bank established the Citizens Bank Education Initiative, which has thus far provided $50,000 in grants to help fund creative educational projects developed by Batesville and Southside educators.  The 2013 Education Initiative recipients were recently revealed and the bank announced it is expanding the concept to also benefit educators in the Midland and Mountain View school districts.

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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School Superintendants (from left) Dean Stanley of Midland, Dr. Ann Webb of Cedar Ridge, Roger Rich of Southside and Randy Willison of Batesville listen as John Dews, Citizens Bank President and Chief Executive Officer, welcomes the crowd attending the breakfast.


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Retired educator Joan Bardsley stressed patience and perseverance to the new educators attending the breakfast.


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Southside School Board Member Vonda Crowl and High School Principal Roger Ried (center left and right) join a table of new Southside educators at the First Annual Citizens Bank New Educators Breakfast.

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