2017-12-28 / Business

The State Bank expands change for kids, donates to 12 local school districts

FENTON — The State Bank is honored to announce another successful year for its Change for Kids program. Since the bank’s expansion into the Great Lakes Bay Region earlier this year, the program now supports the low to moderate income children and families in 12 local schools districts, including Linden, Fenton, Holly, Grand Blanc, Lake Fenton, Brighton, New Lothrop, Chesaning, Montrose, St. Charles, Birch Run and Swan Valley.

Each year, funds are collected through a variety of fundraising events organized by Bank staff. Successful fundraisers for the 2017 campaign included, restaurant sponsor nights, candy bar sales, and candle sales, and internal promotions including jean days and monthly parking raffles. Customers of The State Bank are also very generous and supportive of this local cause, often times making a monetary donation when visiting a branch.

Additionally, the Bank itself also makes a large donation to this program.

For the 2017-2018 school year, The State Bank was honored to present the above districts with $2,500 each. Since the program’s inception in 2011, The State Bank has given $110,518. The schools are free to use these funds as they see fit for children in need, and are always very appreciative.

Todd Rathbun, Director of Business Affairs for Grand Blanc Community Schools, shared ways in which these funds have helped the district. “Nearly 1 in 3 students attending Grand Blanc Community Schools is eligible for free and reduced lunch based on household income. As such, we have a number of needy students that your generous contributions assist every year. The State Bank, through its generosity, is able to round out a system of support for our students by providing everything from eyeglasses to mattresses for our students to sleep on. This is all critical to being able to educate our students and we appreciate The State Bank’s support.”

Change for Kids began in response to a need to assist low and moderate income families. “We especially want to provide the funding to meet the physical and educational needs of those children,” explains The State Bank Senior Vice President, Stacey Webb. “We want to meet the basic physical needs ranging from toothpaste and deodorant to clothing, shoes, bedding, medical needs, etc. We also want to provide the educational supplies needed to be a successful student, such as pencils, paper, markers, binders, backpacks and other necessities. These materials provide the foundation so that students can concentrate on their educational goals.” — G.G.

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