First National Community Bank, as part of a larger community outreach program, is pleased to announce a new program aimed at rewarding local students for their hard work and success during the school year.
The Simply Smart program rewards students with $1 for every A or number grade above 90% on their report card every marking period.
Participation is simple and easy. Starting with the current marking period, students need to bring their report card to any of the 21 FNCB branches in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and Wayne counties. The reward amount will then be deposited into their new or existing interest-bearing youth savings account.
"As the largest community bank in Northeastern Pennsylvania, we are continually trying to develop programs that give back to our local community." said First Senior Vice President Joe Earyes.
Simply Smart not only rewards success, it also teaches the valuable lessons of saving.
"Whether you want your kids to get a head start on saving for their college education or even for that favorite toy or electronic device, this program creates positive behaviors that will help them create healthy financial futures. Not only will they see the money being deposited, they will also see it earn interest every month." said Earyes.
The program starts in the 3rd quarter marking period, but will continue every marking period in the future. This means a student can be rewarded up to four times in a school year. In addition to the monetary reward, all participating students will receive a personalized certificate of participation.
Simply Smart is just part of FNCB’s education effort. FNCB is dedicated to the NEPA communities it serves and strongly believes it has a responsibility to play an active role in supporting education.
Starting in the fall, FNCB employees will be visiting local classrooms to teach financial literacy and money management skills with the Teach Kids to Save and Get Smart About Credit programs.
The Teaching Kids to Save program will be geared toward elementary school children and will focus on helping students develop lifelong savings habits. Get Smart about Credit will connect bank employees with older students to help them develop a stronger understanding of credit and how to use it responsibly.
For more information on FNCB education programs, contact the Community Relations Department at 570-558-6722.