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BATESVILLE – February 17, 2014 – Technology and literacy were the primary focus of the three projects that have been funded in the inaugural Citizens Bank Education Initiative grant program with the Midland School District.

After discussions last year with School Superintendant Dean Stanley, Citizens Bank agreed to expand its Education Initiative to Midland, offering educators the opportunity to share $5,000 in grant money to help turn their creative educational ideas into meaningful projects. 

During a presentation held Monday night during its School Board meeting, Midland’s first-year grant recipients included:

  • Rose Mary Williams, whose project, “Using Tablets to Enhance Instruction in Core Classes,” was awarded a grant of $2,000.  Ms. Williams teaches elementary classes that focus on Mathematics.
  • Angela Muse, who received about $1,500 to assist with her project, “Experiencing Life Through Literacy.”  Ms. Muse is a literacy teacher for 7th through 12th grades.
  • Karen Wells, whose project, “Building Literacy Through Family Involvement,” was awarded a grant of about $1,500.  Ms. Wells is a Humanities teacher for 7th through 12th grades.

A Selection Committee comprised of members from the Social Sciences and Secondary Education Division at Lyon College anonymously evaluated the grant applications and determined the recipients and grant amounts.    

Citizens Bank created the Education Initiative concept three years ago in collaboration with the Batesville School District, and last year decided to expand the program to also benefit educators in the Southside, Midland and Mountain View School Districts.

“Citizens Bank is so pleased to extend financial support to educators in our communities,” said Marty Lehman, Citizens Bank’s Senior Vice President and Product Development, Revenue and Efficiency Manager.  “The pride that teachers take in their classrooms and their obvious enthusiasm in working with their students are among the reasons we created this grant program.” 

About The Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County.  Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties.  The bank operates 10 fully staffed financial centers in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Mountain View and Pleasant Plains. 

Midland Ed Initiative 2014-01 Angela Muse, Rose Mary Williams, Marty Lehman & Karen Wells

Midland Schools educators (from left) Angela Muse, Rose Mary Williams, Karen Wells (far right) look at certificates they receive on Monday from Marty Lehman (second from right) of Citizens Bank.

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