Five Southside Projects Receive Funding From Citizens Bank’s 2014-2015 Education Initiative

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BATESVILLE, Ark. – August 12, 2014 – Five projects conceived by Southside educators will share in $5,000 in grant monies provided by the 2014-2015 Citizens Bank Education Initiative for the Southside School District. 

“The Education Initiative demonstrates Citizens Bank’s commitment to educators,” said Bank President Phil Baldwin.  “We designed this program to provide the funds needed to give innovative curriculum concepts a chance to succeed in the classroom.” 

This year’s Southside grant recipients, announced at an awards banquet Monday night at Elizabeth’s Restaurant, are:

  • “After School Tutoring Program,” proposed by Chris Davis, an instructional facilitator at Southside Middle School, will permit the hiring of four high school students to assist with an after-school tutoring program three days per week.  The program will specifically help struggling students in Grades Four through Six in core academic subject areas, but will be open to any student who needs extra assistance.  The $2,000 grant will also help to reduce the teacher-to-student ratio in the tutoring program and increase the effectiveness of the tutoring sessions.
  • “Technology Really Matters,” designed by Elementary teachers Kim Landers and Dee Wilkerson, will allow 46 third grade students to use 10 Chromebox devices to incorporate more technology into classrooms on a daily basis to engage students and promote learning.  The students will use the Chromeboxes to construct and share emails; watch curriculum integrated video programs; use the Internet for research purposes; and access music as a learning tool.  The project was allocated more than $1,100.
  • “Engaging Students Through Technology” received a second-year grant of $1,000 to complete a project originally funded during last year’s Education Initiative.  First Grade Teacher Alicia Skipper said she will use her grant to purchase four Android tablets and other materials to extend her student’s literacy skills during guided reading groups and literacy workstations with the use of a technology rich environment.  Ms. Skipper received a $1,000 grant to fulfill her project.
  • “Cutting Through Science,” a project proposed by Seventh Grade Science Teacher Jessica Vines, will purchase equipment and materials to help facilitate dissections in the classroom.  The equipment includes a BioQuest Smoker’s Lungs Demonstration to illustrate the impact of smoking.  “Many educators strongly feel that there is no substitute for the hands-on, learning experience of dissection,” Ms. Vines said in her proposal.  “The learning that occurs in a dissection is qualitatively different from the learning that occurs in a lecture or paper-and-pencil setting.”  Ms. Vines received the funding of $626 she requested.
  • “Everyday Geometry,” developed by Amanda Cardenas, will allow for the purchase of project-based lessons to help Tenth Grade students understand the impact of geometry in their daily lives, and incorporate literacy and vocabulary into the mathematical lessons.  Ms. Cardenas received her full grant request of $255. 

The Southside grant recipients were selected by a panel representing the Social Sciences and Secondary Education Division at Lyon College.  The Citizens Bank Education Initiative also supports educators in the Batesville, 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.

SOUTHSIDE GRANT RECIPIENTS – Discussing the Citizens Bank Education Initiative grants they received are Southside School District educators (from left) Chris Davis, Amanda Cardenas, Kim Landers, Dee Wilkerson, Alicia Skipper and Jessica Vines.