City National Bank, America’s Premier Private and Business Bank, announced that colleagues of the bank collected over 1,800 backpacks filled with school supplies as part of its 8th Annual Back-to-School Drive held this month. The bank, known for its commitment to the entertainment industry, is donating the backpacks filled with supplies to 69 elementary and middle schools, and nonprofit organizations in California, Nevada, New York, Georgia, Tennessee, Minnesota, Washington State, and Washington, D.C.
The schools in Georgia that received donations were:
- Dunbar Elementary, Atlanta
- Dunwoody Springs Elementary School, Atlanta
- International Community School, Decatur
This year’s donations surpassed last year’s Back-to-School Drive by over 32 percent. This is also the eighth consecutive year that the bank has included backpacks pre-filled with school supplies, which exceeded last year’s amount of 1,400 backpacks.
Additionally, bank colleagues are taking part in teaching City National’s Dollars + Sense financial literacy program to students at some of the schools receiving backpack donations. City National started its financial literacy program in 2007 as an enhancement to its award-winning Reading is The way up® literacy program. The Dollars + Sense program is for grades K-12 and teaches age appropriate information about banking and finance.
“Our colleagues represent the pride values of our bank with their generosity of both time and money, and this year’s Back-to-School Drive reaffirms City National’s commitment to the communities we serve,” said Jennifer Nickerson, vice president and community relations manager for City National. “We collected over a third more backpacks than we did last year, and have increased that amount every year for the past eight years. That generosity speaks volumes about our colleagues and the bank we represent.”
The school supplies that are part of each backpack include erasers, highlighters, round-tip scissors, packs of wide ruled paper, colored pencils, folders, notebooks, pencil sharpeners, rulers, boxes of crayons, glue sticks, #2 pencils, three-ring binders, and more. In addition to these supplies, bank colleagues donated countless hours of time packaging and delivering the backpacks to the various schools receiving them.