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Sunflower Bank Donates More Than $6,900 to Great Bend and Ellinwood Schools and Students
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Far left and right: Becca Maxwell and Ronda Sjogren, representing Sunflower bank, distribute checks from the annual ABC Program to USD 428 principals. Front row, Misty Straub, Lincoln School; JoAnn Blevins, Riley School; Tricia Reiser, Eisenhower School; and back row, Tim Friess, Great Bend High School; Art Baker, Jefferson School; Phil Heeke, Park School; and David Reiser, Great Bend Middle School.

Wrapping up the 12th year of the annual ABC Program, Sunflower Bank contributed $6,910 to schools and students in the Great Bend and Ellinwood area. Since the inception of the ABC Program in 2001, Sunflower has contributed $52,038 to schools and students in the Great Bend and Ellinwood area.
Nearly 250 schools across Kansas, Colorado and Missouri participated in the ABC Program this year, tallying $108,542 in contributions from Sunflower Bank. Sunflower Bank has written checks totaling $738,796 to schools and students across the three-state region since 2001.
“As a community bank, we love being able to support our local schools and students,” said Lynda Jamison, Market Manager-Great Bend and Ellinwood. “School costs are increasing and the budgets are decreasing. Fortunately, we have engaged customers that continue to step up and participate in the program allowing us to support our thriving communities.”
The ABC Program benefits schools and students through:
A – We pay for A’s. Students were encouraged to bring a current report card to their Sunflower Bank branch. In April, five random winners were selected from each Sunflower Bank location, and winners received $10 for every A (or equivalent grade), with a matching contribution to their participating school.
B- Bucks for your school. From January 1 through March 31, Sunflower Bank customers were able to designate a participating school to receive a $0.05 contribution from the bank when the customer completed a signed debit card transaction.
C-Cash for schools and you. From January 1 through March 31, new customers responding to the promotion were rewarded up to $100 for joining the
Sunflower Bank family, with a matching donation going to a participating school.
Through this program and others, Sunflower Bank employees are also committed to the bank’s mission of “Bringing out the best in the lives we touch… Creating Possibilty.” Bank employees are active volunteers, consistently investing over 23,000 hours of their personal time toward creating possibility for their communities.
“As a side note,” said Jamison, “the bank is currently taking applications for their Community Ambassadors, the bank’s leadership program that encourages high schools seniors to learn more about their local community and rewards select students with college scholarships ranging from $250 up to as much as $5,000 per student.”