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Summit Community Bank Supports OEF Reading Month

Okemos, MI (May 25, 2011) - Summit Community Bank supports the Okemos Education Foundation (OEF) by co-sponsoring the Okemos Public School’s Author Visit every March. In addition, the Bank encourages students to take an active role in books by committing to read and “Reach Your Summit.”

The Bank’s Reach Your Summit through Reading program encourages Okemos Public School students in kindergarten through fifth grade to read (or be read to) 10 books during March is Reading Month through April 12. Students read 840 books between the 4 elementary schools.

“This event is very important to us on many different levels,” said Summit Community Bank Assistant Vice President and Okemos Market Manager Adam Goss. “As a community bank we see it as our duty to nourish the communities that so generously support us.”

According to the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL), business owners are an integral part of the community. As a neighborhood leader, they contribute to the welfare of the community and its members. As an employer, they understand the importance of literacy and the challenge of helping everyone learn how to read proficiently. The NIFL firmly believes reading is a gateway to future success in school and in life and Summit Community Bank agrees.

The winners of the Reach Your Summit through Reading program were; Liberty Burak of Cornell, Vibha Mahesha of Bennett Woods, Alana Craig of Hiawatha and Shambvi Ojha of Central. Each student won a Piggy Bank full of money as well as Piggy Banks for each fellow student in their classroom. In addition, Damien Purkey won a pizza party for his class and a $100 donation to the Central Montessori library in his honor from Summit Community Bank.

“This is our 4th year of sponsoring March is Reading Month with OEF, and our employees always look forward to getting involved in this program,” added Goss. “As a community banker and lifelong resident of Okemos, I am proud of Summit Community Bank’s commitment to the OEF and the families and businesses that make our community great.”

Summit Community Bank is a full service financial institution with banking offices in East Lansing and Okemos and a Home Loan Center in Lansing. For more information, please visit mysummitbank.com or call the bank at 517.853.5960.

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