As a way to help local children go back to school with the supplies they need to succeed, Citizens Bank launched its annual Gear for Grades program this week. Customers and the public are welcome to support the initiative by donating new items like pencils, folders, notebooks, rulers, and other supplies at any Citizens Bank branch in Vermont from now through Aug. 9.
The Gear for Grades program is a part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program for contributing to the economic vitality of communities. The Citizens Bank Foundation is donating 500 backpacks to the Gear for Grades program. Each backpack will be filled with some of the most needed supplies including child-safe scissors, pencils, pens, erasers, pocket folders, spiral notebooks, crayons, washable markers, rulers, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencil boxes, and index cards. Backpacks will be distributed to designated youth serving agencies such as local Boys & Girls Clubs, COTS, and the Springfield Parent Child Center beginning Aug. 23.
“As a company committed to contributing to the health of our local communities, our Gear for Grades program is another way to show our customers that we care, while engaging them in our efforts to support local children,” said Joe Carelli, president, Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Vermont. “Helping children to feel excited and ready for the new school year is a small way that we can invest in our communities’ future. We thank everyone who will join us in supporting this year’s Gear for Grades program.”
Community members are asked to drop donations off at nearby Citizens Banks, 5068 Shelburne Road in Shelburne, at 186 Main Street in Vergennes, or at any conveniently located Citizens Bank. For more information about Gear for Grades visit www.citizensbank.com or call 985-4300, Shelburne or 877-6818, Vergennes.