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August 4, 2012

Public can deposit school supplies at local bank

Woodward, Okla. — With the start of school only 2 weeks away, a local bank is asking the community to help "Pack the Bus."

Starting this Saturday, First American Bank will be holding a school supply drive for Highland Park Elementary at its branch at 2220 Oklahoma Ave. in Woodward.  Just look for the big yellow school bus to find out where to go.

School supplies will be collected through Aug. 19, the day before classes are to start in Woodward.

The goal for the drive is to "Pack the Bus" according to .

"This is the 1st year we have done this, but last year we adopted Highland Park Elementary after they reached out to us for help," said Vienna Lewis of First American Bank.

According to Lewis, officials from Highland Park reached out to the bank last year looking for tutoring help after some low test scores on their state testing.

"We tutor the kids twice a week in reading, and have done some math and English," Lewis said.

This year the bank decided to try to expand the ways in which it helps the students at Highland Park.

"The school supply drive is to help those students who would not be able to buy all the supplies they would need for the school year," Lewis said.

A variety of school supplies are needed from glue sticks to pencils to scissors to binders, basically the items found on Woodward elementary schools' supply lists, she said.

A copy of the school supply lists are available at the bank or by visiting their website at, and clicking on the link for "Pack the Bus."

"Those that want to donate can do so during business hours here at the bank. Our lobby is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday," Lewis said.

First American Bank is also planning other events during the school year with Highland Park Elementary such as a back to school lunch for the teachers, a financial workshop for parents during parent-teacher conferences and hosting a book fair, according to Lewis.

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