DENVER, Colo. ― Sunflower Bank’s annual signature ABC Program has raised more than $1.2 million since 2001 for local schools and students in its Sunflower Bank and First National 1870 communities.
The ABC Program runs Jan. 1 through March 31, 2019 and supports approximately 300 schools across Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas. Recipients use the ABC Program funds for much needed educational supplies, equipment and books.
“We believe in solving problems and making possibilities a reality for our customers and our communities,” Sunflower Bank Chairman Mollie Carter said. “In 2001 we recognized that Sunflower Bank could meet an important need by helping provide funds to our local schools and motivate students for scholastic achievement. This is why we continue to expand the ABC Program each year through outreach to new schools and communities.”
Based on community participation during the campaign, the bank provides money to benefit local K-12 students and their schools by making ABC Program donations based on every Spend & Save; Sign & Save checking and savings account package opened and registered to a participating school, and through “Cash for Swipes” when school-registered debit cards are used for signature transactions.
In addition, Sunflower Bank and First National 1870 branches invite all students to bring their report cards to their local branch for a chance to earn up to $100 for their As. Five report card winners per branch are chosen from entries by students. This year registered schools receive a matching donation if one of their student’s report cards are chosen.
“ABC donations were used to purchase supplies for ‘crisis kits’ for classrooms and district vehicles, which can save lives in the event of an emergency. Funds were also used for after school care, milk for children, and other worthwhile programs,” said John Thissen, USD 489 Superintendent in Hays, Kansas.
Visit a local branch or SunflowerBank.com/ABC to learn more about the ABC Program and to register a Sunflower Bank or First National 1870 Debit Card to a specific participating school in support of education.
Schools are registered each fall for the next year’s ABC Program through a community outreach effort by their local bank branches. There is no cost to a school to register. As a new program benefit in 2019, the school that raises the most money in each participating state receives $500 toward a school spirit celebration.