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Bank of Lancaster Hosts High School Students


Bank of Lancaster hosted high school students for Virginia Bank Day; and following their mornings in various branches, their tour of the corporate headquarters, and a visit to the Operations Center, the students were treated to lunch at Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club in Kilmarnock. (front row – l to r): Elizabeth Best, Northumberland High; Jo’Meishia Fulcher, Colonial Beach High; Christine Brown, Washington & Lee High; Samoya Ball and Brooke Hudnall, Lancaster High; Brenda Santamaria, Northumberland; (middle row – l to r): Imani Robinson, Rappahannock High; Allison Inscoe, Colonial Beach; Tameka Parker, Washington & Lee; Shyanna Reed, Lancaster; Diane Kelly and Sara Kelly, Northumberland; Alexis Hayden, Lancaster; (top – l to r): Nick Barrack, Rappahannock; Reggie Johnson, Kelly Umphlette, Shareka Smith, Essex High; Ryan Parker, Collin Hamblin, Northumberland; and Nala Byrd, Essex.

Bank of Lancaster, in partnership with the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA), was pleased again this year to host area high school students for Virginia Bank Day. In 1991, the Virginia General Assembly declared the third Tuesday in March as Bank Day, giving high school students across the Commonwealth the opportunity to learn more about banking, financial services, and the vital roles banks play in their communities.

The Bank’s Consumer Education Director, Hazel Farmer, stated “we were extremely pleased to have 20 students with us for the day, representing every high school in the Northern Neck. Our Company has a strong commitment to financial literacy; and as community bankers, we are proud to work with the VBA, the Virginia Council on Economic Education, and our local schools to promote financial and economic education. These young people had a full day with us, learning about the importance of saving, obtaining and maintaining good credit, careers in banking, dressing for success, privacy and confidentiality, ethics, how to complete both an employment application and a loan application, and about how community bankers reinvest in their community, both financially and with manpower. The one comment I heard over and over again throughout the day was, ‘I had no idea so much goes on in a bank!’ ”

"Bank Day is one of the best short-term, hands-on experiences that a classroom teacher can offer their students—the opportunity to go inside the bank vault, to watch customer/bank officer interaction, to learn about the many services that banks offer, and to start the networking that often leads to part-time and summer jobs, scholarships, and a start on a career path in the financial world,” said Bruce Whitehurst, President & CEO of the Virginia Bankers Association.

Following their day at the Bank, the students submit to the VBA an essay on the topic “How Banking Benefits My Community.” Seven scholarships will be awarded based on the essays. Farmer stated, “we are in great hopes one or more of the students who visited with us will be a scholarship recipient. They were a well behaved and enthused group of young people and just a pleasure to work with. We also want to thank the local high schools for giving these young people the opportunity to spend the day with us and participate in Bank Day.”


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