Summit Community Bank Supports OEF Reading Month

Okemos, MI (March 26, 2012) - Summit Community Bank supports the Okemos Education Foundation (OEF) by co-sponsoring the Okemos Public School’s Author Visit every March. In addition, the personal banking experts encourage students to take an active role in reading by committing to “Reach Your Summit.”

“Our Author Visit Sponsorship and Reach Your Summit through Reading program are very important to us on many 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 support the communities that so generously support us. We take the business of being a strong, local community citizen very seriously. When our schools are strong, our community is strong.”

Author Allison Stoutland and illustrator Cathy Hofher will visit Okemos elementary schools on March 26 and 27 to share “little lessons for a happier world” which are part of all four of their popular children’s books.

Stoutland and Hofher are coming to Okemos to celebrate March is Reading Month as part of the 2012 Okemos Public School’s Author Visit which is co-sponsored by the OEF and Summit Community Bank.

“The author visit every year is a highlight for the students and the program this year will feature invaluable lessons for our children,” said OEF Chair Dean Bolton. “This is the fourth year we have partnered with Summit Community Bank and we are very grateful for their support of a program that benefits every elementary student in Okemos Public Schools.”

Stoutland and Hofher have collaborated on four books: Reach for the Sky, Put Your Best Foot Forward, Take a Deep Breath, and What Can I Do Today? Each book teaches concepts that children can relate to in their own world, giving them the tools they need to be responsible citizens, cooperative classmates, dedicated students, trustworthy friends and compassionate human beings.

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.

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.

“Our employees always look forward to getting involved with the students,” 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 Mortgage Loan Center in Lansing. The Bank was formed in 2002 by local business leaders with an emphasis on the customer and the community. For more information, please visit or call the bank at 517.853.5960.


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