15 May 2015
Helping  Communities In Schools

Nevada State Bank is proud to be a sponsor of Communities In Schools of Nevada (CIS), the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization. Many Nevadans are concerned about our state’s high school graduation rate, which is among the lowest in the country at only 63 percent. CIS is helping Nevada schools improve that number by connecting students and their families with community assistance. They serve more than 44,000 Nevada students each year at 42 school sites across the state.

CIS maintains resource centers inside public schools to make it easier for at-risk students to access the support they need to stay in school and eventually graduate. Coordinators inside schools assess students’ needs and provide the resources they need to help them succeed. CIS partners with social service agencies as well as businesses like Nevada State Bank that provide donations and volunteers. Classroom education is only one part of the success equation. Students may also need food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or positive role models, and that’s where CIS steps in.

On April 24, several representatives of Nevada State Bank presented a check for $25,000 to CIS of Nevada. Part of that donation will benefit CIS of Northeast Nevada’s hunger prevention program, providing thousands of nutritious meals to Elko County school children throughout the year. Some of the proceeds were also used to support the Splashdown for Kids event at Wet ’n Wild, which raised funds for CIS of Southern Nevada.

After the check presentation at Mountain View Elementary School in northeast Las Vegas, Nevada State Bank colleagues toured the school’s CIS resource room, which helps students by providing backpacks, school supplies, clothing, and take-home food packages to make sure they have enough to eat on the weekends. Having access to the supplies in the resource center may make the difference between success and failure for a student in need, so providing that access is a great investment in the future.

Another vital part of helping students plan for adulthood is financial education. That’s why the Bank planned the check presentation for April 24, which is “Teach Children to Save Day,” a national initiative of the American Bankers Association. Nevada State Bank President and COO Terry Shirey and other bank officers spent some time with the fifth grade students at Mountain View, leading an exercise about the importance of saving money and developing good money management habits.

Today’s students need a good education to prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow. Nevada State Bank is dedicated to helping CIS and other organizations that improve educational opportunities for Nevada students. Through our donations and financial education efforts, we’re helping prepare our students for a bright future. 

 

The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice.

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