Cortland Banks Awards OH WOW! Museum $1500

June 12, 2012
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CORTLAND (6/12/12) – As a local community bank, Cortland Banks strives to enhance the communities in which it serves.  Sara Smith, Marketing & Communications Director, said "A grant funded through Cortland Banks helps entire classrooms of students visit OH WOW!, helping our youth to develop learning skills and knowledge in a world-class facility, right in our own backyard!"  In addition to the cost of transportation, admission to OH WOW!, and lunch, volunteers from Cortland Banks delivered a financial literacy program to participating students.  This financial literacy program will help students become stronger savers and enable them to have a better tomorrow.

During the month of May, two of the three grants from Cortland Banks brought two local classrooms to OH WOW!: eighth graders from P. Ross Berry, in Youngstown and third graders from Willard Elementary, in Warren.  As part of the American Bankers Association Education Foundation’s Teach Children to Save Program, Cortland Banks discussed the importance of saving.  On May 10th, Brookfield Community Banking Manager, Dean Evans and Hubbard Personal Banker Debra Kelly taught about identity theft, keeping private information safe, and ways to protect your money.  Later in the month, on May 21st, Personal Bankers from North Lima and Boardman, Maria Naples and Nadine Sedall, along with Jean Rupert from Cortland, presented a lesson that identified coins and their values. Additionally, they compared and contracted values of coins as part of a fun poem, in which the students actively participated. 

To further their financial literacy initiative, Cortland Banks recently introduced, in May, a new Passbook Savings program for children ages 0 - 18.  This program is structured to help facilitate strong savings, while promoting financial literacy.  According to the ABA, a child with a college savings account is seven times more likely to attend college than one without, regardless of income, race, or academic achievement.  Cortland Banks wants to help facilitate strength in savings within our local communities. More information on Strong Saver Passbook Savings can be found at: www.cortland-banks.com/strongsaver.

A third grant is currently available for the Fall 2012 school year from Cortland Banks.  Classroom teachers interested in registering for a classroom grant from Cortland Banks is encouraged to contact OH WOW!, at 330-744-5914, or via email:  director@ohwowkids.org.

The mission of OH WOW! is to foster independent thinking and enrich the lives of all children by creating a welcoming environment where they can develop learning skills and knowledge through the exploration of HANDS-ON interactive exhibits and educational programs which are rooted in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).   OH WOW! is closed Mondays through Labor Day, but open Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

Founded in 1892, Cortland Banks has operated and prospered as a community bank for more than 120 years, conducting business in five counties: Trumbull, Portage, Mahoning, Geauga and Ashtabula.  The directors, officers and employees of Cortland Banks are committed to our local communities and are active in participating in a broad number of civic and charitable organizations.

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Photo Caption (Top): Third grade students from Warren’s Willard Elementary show off their piggy banks they received, by a Bank employee, during a recent field trip to Youngstown’s OH WOW! Museum, where they learned valuable lessons in savings from Cortland Banks volunteers.



















Photo Caption (Middle): Third grade students from Warren’s Willard Elementary learn a lesson about coins and their value from Cortland Banks employees, during a recent field trip to Youngstown’s OH WOW!



















Photo Caption (Bottom): Third grade students from Warren’s Willard Elementary enjoy a day of fun and learning, during a recent field trip to Youngstown’s OH WOW! Museum, where they learned valuable lessons in savings from Cortland Banks volunteers.

















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Sara A. Smith
AVP, Marketing &
Communications Director
Cortland Banks
194 West Main Street
Cortland, Ohio 44410
(330) 637-8040, ext. 132
ssmith@cortland-banks.com

Suzanne Barbati
President
OH WOW! The Roger &
Gloria Jones Children's Center
for Science & Technology
11 W. Federal Street
Youngstown, OH 44503
(330) 744-5914
director@ohwowkids.org



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