School Banking Program
For many years, Bank of Lancaster has had a strong commitment to help young people, from primary to high school, understand the importance of learning how to save at an early age and learning how to handle credit responsibly. The choices these young people make today can truly affect their lives for years to come; and as community bankers, we want very much to share our knowledge and our experience with them … we want to make a difference.
Partners in Success
Through our partnership with both the Virginia Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association, we want to help these young people understand that financial education is a life-long process that begins early in life. The School Bank program gives us a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these students, and we’re excited because for many of these students, this is a first step.
Through the School Bank, and helping these young people develop a habit of saving, many of these young people will begin to develop life-long decision making skills that are needed to become effective, informed citizens, consumers, investors, and employees.
Top Savers for the first half of the school year were announced on February 14th. “Top Savers are recognized not for the amount of their deposits but for the number of times they choose to save,” states Hazel Farmer, Senior Vice President and Consumer Education Director. Bank of Lancaster’s Ann Marchetti, School Bank Supervisor, awarded each of the Top Savers with a deposit for their Bright Futures School Bank Account: (left to right) 3rd Place: Creston Saunders; 2nd Place: Colin Maksym; and First Place: Harris Clarke. Bright Futures Student Bank is open to all LMS students every Wednesday from 8 to 8:50 a.m.
Bright Futures Student Bankers enjoyed an afternoon of ice cream and hot chocolate at The Front Porch Coffeehouse in Kilmarnock. This Christmas outing was sponsored by Bank of Lancaster in appreciation of the work the students are doing this year with Bright Futures School Bank, a 10-year partnership between Bank of Lancaster and Lancaster Middle School.
Bright Futures School Bank, a partnership between Bank of Lancaster (BOL) and Lancaster Middle School (LMS), celebrates its 10th anniversary this school year. On hand for the celebration photo were all of this school year’s student bankers, along with (seated - l to r): Sue Forrester, retired LMS teacher; Brenda Pittman, current school bank supervisor; Craig Kauffman and Sandy Spears, retired LMS principals; Jessica Davis, LMS principal; (standing - l to r): Matt Bruning, Senior VP with Virginia Bankers Association; Dwight Clarke, BOL Director; Jessica Grulkowski with BOL; Ann Marchetti, BOL student bank supervisor; Hazel Farmer, Senior VP with BOL; Susan Pittman, Senior VP with BOL and current LMS PTA President; and Dan Russell, Asst Superintendent of Lancaster County Public Schools. The event was full of food, prizes, fellowship, memories and lots of banking opportunities!
The Bright Futures School Bank at Lancaster Middle School is kicking off its 10th year of operation! Student marketing associates met with Bank of Lancaster's Consumer Education Director, Hazel Farmer, and School Bank Supervisor, Ann Marchetti, to discuss ways to promote the school bank and also the 10th anniversary celebration event. On hand for the planning session were (l to r): Ann Marchetti, Aniya Smith, Asia Ball, Brookelyn Farrell (School Bank Manager), Olivia Saunders, Bradley Wilmore, Hailey Smith, and Dayshana Sanford. Spirit Yarbough could not be there that day. Plans are being made for a 10th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, November 17th from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
New student bankers for Bright Futures School Bank recently toured Bank of Lancaster's corporate headquarters. The school bank program is a partnership between Bank of Lancaster and Lancaster Middle School (LMS). These 7th graders will become tellers and marketing associates for their school bank. During the tour, they saw first-hand how a teller line works; they worked with the marketing department; and they met with the human resources department to learn about privacy, confidentiality and they signed a Code of Ethics. Bank of Lancaster's Ann Marchetti (seated) will be this year's school bank supervisor, along with Mrs. Brenda Pittman from LMS. Student bankers are (l to r - front row): Olivia Saunders, Bradley Wilmore, Kaylee Donovan, Macs Crittenden, (Marchetti - seated), Kylie Ewell, Tristan McDaniels; (l to r - back row): Asia Ball, Aniya Smith, Hailey Smith, Jaylyn Carter, Brookelyn Farrell.
Bright Futures Bank, a partnership between Bank of Lancaster and Lancaster Middle School (LMS), just concluded its 9th year of operation. Bank of Lancaster's Senior Vice President and Consumer Education Director Hazel Farmer was on hand to present awards to the year's Top savers and also to recognize the work of the student bankers. Featured in photo (l to r - bottom row): Brenda Pittman, with the LMS Guidance Department and School Bank Coordinator; Top Savers for the 2015-16 school year Noah Booth, Harris Clarke, Haley Lewis, Eli Pittman, Brian Carter, Jr.; student banker Tabitha Baugh; Farmer; (l to r - top row): student bankers Chloe Fridley, Dayshana Sanford, William Sawdy, Daniel Smith, Riley Molineaux, Sydney Price, Courtney Croasdale, Kat Zeiler, Spirit Yarbrough. Karson Roop and Kennon Roop were not available for the photo but both were recognized as Top Savers and both were student bankers for the year.
Bright Futures Bank, a partnership between Bank of Lancaster and Lancaster Middle School, has opened for its 9th year of operation. The 7th grade students who have been selected to run the school bank for the 2015-16 school year recently visited Bank of Lancaster's Main Office to learn about banking, privacy, and their new positions as student bankers. Feautred are (l to r - back row) Bank of Lancaster's Senior Vice President & Consumer Education Director Hazel Farmer, who conducted the tour and training session; students Noah Booth, Dayshana Sanford, Kat Zeiler, Daniel Smith, Chloe Fridley; (l to r - seated) Karson Roop, Tabitha Baugh, Spirit Yarbough.
Bright Futures Bank at Lancaster Middle School is now open for its 8th year of operation! Bank of Lancaster’s Shirley Davis (left) will supervise the student bank each week; new student bankers are (l to r – front row) Courtney Croasdale, both teller and marketing associate; Kellum Hayden, teller; (l to r – back row) Sydney Price, Riley Molineaux, Kennon Roop, William Sosby, tellers; and Lancaster Middle School’s Brenda Pittman, school bank coordinator. Returning student bankers are Matthew Brocklebank, Skylar Rice and Jeremy Tyson.
Bright Futures Bank, a partnership between Bank of Lancaster and Lancaster Middle School, will open soon for its 8th year of operation. 7th grade students who have been selected to run the school bank for the 2014-15 school year recently visited Bank of Lancaster’s Main Office to learn about banking, privacy, and their new positions as student bankers. Featured are (l to r – back row) students Sydney Price, Kennon Roop, Kellum Hayden, William Sosby, Riley Molineaux; (l to r – front) Courtney Croasdale and Bank of Lancaster’s Shirley Davis, who will supervise the school bank.
Bright Futures Bank, a partnership between Bank of Lancaster and Lancaster Middle School, just concluded its 7th year of operation. Bank of Lancaster’s Senior Vice President and Consumer Education Director was on hand to present awards to the year’s Top Savers and also to recognize the work of the student bankers. Top Savers for the 2013-14 school year were: (l to r) seated: 4th place – Amaya Warner; 3rd place – Alyssa Booth; tied for 2nd place – Robert T. Booth, Javian Robinson; 1st place – Noah Booth; and Bank of Lancaster’s Juanita Haynie, school bank supervisor; (l to r) standing: 8th grade student bankers Emilie Webster, Jayson Gill, Hayden Davenport, Desiree Saunders, Chase Osborne, and Lucy Washington; Alyssa Booth seated is also a rising high school student; 7th grade student bankers Matthew Brocklebank, Jeremy Tyson, Skylar Rice; and LMS Teacher Sue Forrester. Not available for photo was 7th grade student banker Deasya Coleman.
Shown above are the new Bright Futures Bank employees for the 2012-1013 school year.
Lancaster Middle School and Bank of Lancaster made history for our Northern Neck as the area’s first School Bank opened on Wednesday, January 9, 2008. The School Bank gained the attention of the banking industry and in support of this educational opportunity for our local youth, on hand for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening were not only local but state and national banking officials.
All LMS students may open a savings account with Bright Futures Bank; it only takes a $1.00 to open the account. In order for every student at the school to be able to participate in the program, Bank of Lancaster mailed each of them a $1.00 bill. Students were encouraged to bring that dollar with them to open the account; and if the serial number on their bill matched a list of winning serial numbers, the student would win an additional $10 for their savings account. Eleven of the fifteen winning numbers came in, which was an amazing percentage.+
Bright Futures is open for business every Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
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