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Banking on Youth Update

Banking on Youth Update
Banking on Youth

For the past six years, Pennian Bank has been providing educators with an opportunity to receive funding for an innovative classroom project. The program is called ‘Banking on Youth’ and it’s one way for us to show our appreciation to our local teachers. We know that teachers are on tight budgets, which unfortunately means their more expensive projects don’t usually come to fruition. With this opportunity, we have seen some really neat ideas come to life!

In order to be considered, teachers must complete an application which includes a written proposal that explains the project, long-term effects on the students and a projected budget. Once we receive all of the applications, a group of judges anonymously picks their favorite projects. The winners are listed in November, along with their project ideas. We are currently still accepting applications through October 29th, so if you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes to fill out our Banking on Youth application form which can be found here.

We’ve listed some of our previous winners below. 

Stephanie Grosko – Cumberland Valley School District (First Grade Teacher)
Project: Innovative Recess Time
Each student received their own critical thinking and creativity bin that they could use during inside recess, which eliminated the need to share materials with their classmates. Inside recess helped to encourage students to improve their critical thinking skills and express their creativity.

Brenda Flanders – Greenwood School District (Grades 9-12)
Project: Screen Printer Press with Material for Online School Store
The business teachers purchased screen printing materials that allowed students to sell branded merchandise online that they created. Through a student-run website, they had the opportunity to run a business and learn about inventory management, sales, etc., while encouraging teamwork.

Amanda Dittmer – West Perry School District (Seventh Grade Teacher)
Project: USB Digital Microscopes
In a typical life science classroom, students have many opportunities to use traditional compound microscopes throughout the school year. The purchase of digital microscopes allowed kids to view specimens and then share the images electronically, which was especially important during Covid.

Mary Blymire – New Bloomfield Elementary School (Third Grade Teacher)
Project: Flexible Seating
She purchased flexible seating items for the classroom, which ultimately created a more comfortable learning experience for the students.