Letter from Dallas Haun
May 1, 2011
Last month, to mark Financial Literacy Month, 37 of my colleagues from Nevada State Bank spent a day teaching Junior Achievement classes to students at Elaine Wynn Elementary School in Las Vegas. Bank volunteers throughout Nevada also taught financial lessons to grade school students on National Teach Children to Save Day. In keeping with our core value of commitment to the community, volunteering our time is just one of the ways that the bank supports our state’s schools. We also donate financial support to a number of organizations and programs, including Communities in Schools of Northeastern Nevada. As of October 31, 2010, their Hunger Prevention Program had served 7,500 nutritious breakfasts to needy children at the start of the school day, and their backpack program had distributed 856 new backpacks.
One of our special relationships is a partnership formed in 2001 with Ruby Thomas Elementary School in Las Vegas. Bank employees volunteer time to help students with their homework and raise funds for the school. The bank provides financial support for school activities, and each year we give a graduation gift bag to each student.
During Nevada Reading Week, April 11-15, I had the pleasure of reading to second graders at Ruby Thomas. Sharing The Monster in My Closet by Eric Klug and Yes Day! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal with the students took me back to a time when my own children were younger and we enjoyed reading together. In addition to the personal reward of the experience, witnessing the dedication of Principal Dennis Kubala and the teachers impressed me once again with our responsibility to support their work. In Yes Day! the young protagonist describes his favorite holiday, a day on which the answer to every question is “Yes!” (Pizza for breakfast? Yes!).
I would like to extend this notion to another question: Are there ways in which we can all support our schools? Yes!—Next Fall, Nevada State Bank will donate a total of $20,000 for educational technology to three schools that receive the most votes in a poll on our Facebook page. An announcement with further information is forthcoming; please stay tuned and then vote from August 21 through October 21 for the school that you think is most deserving.
President and CEO
Nevada State Bank
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