Sunflower Bank and First National 1870 announce a total donation of $101,895 to schools that participated in the ABC Program for Education’s 2021-2022 school year campaign, which includes $15,636 received by schools in Salina.
Sunflower Bank originated the program in 2001, and since then has contributed more than $1.6 million to support kindergarten through 12th grade education in the communities it serves. Donations were distributed throughout October 2022 by local branch teams.
“Support for K-12 education is one of the cornerstones of our commitment to our communities. Since 2001, Sunflower Bank has given away over $1.6 million through the ABC Program in direct funding to the schools and students selected by our customers. The ABC Program is a truly meaningful way that we partner with local educational and financial literacy initiatives, and encourage academic achievement in our youth,” said Mollie Carter, Sunflower Bank’s executive chairman.
The ABC Program is funded in part based on customer debit card transactions and new accounts opened. Sunflower Bank and First National 1870 customers have the opportunity to select an ABC Program-registered school to support with each qualifying debit card purchase during the campaign. The standard school donation per transaction is $0.02.* This year for the first time, for every new Elevation Checking account opened from Nov. 15 through Aug. 31, 2023, $5 will be donated to an ABC Program-registered school chosen by the account owner. **
In addition, twice a year all bank branch locations participate in a “Pay for ‘A’s” drawing, with a current drawing period underway through Dec. 31. During this time, branches accept kindergarten through 12th grade students’ report cards for a chance to earn up to $100 for their A grades. This drawing is open to the general public, and no purchase is required for entry. Five contest winners per branch are chosen to receive $10 for every A, up to a total of $100 per student. As an added benefit, schools that participate in the ABC Program will receive a matching donation if one of their student’s report cards is chosen.***
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*School selected by customer must be a participant in the ABC Program to receive payment. The 2¢ donation offer is valid 9/1/2022-8/31/2023. Offers may be canceled without notice. Earned school payments will be paid on or before 10/15/2023. Signature-based debit card transactions (credit) using a participating school-registered debit card qualify for school donations. Recurring debit card payments, PIN-based debit card transactions, and ATM transactions are not qualifying debit card purchases and are excluded from payment eligibility.
**Offer valid 11/15/2022-8/31/2023. Participating schools will receive a $5.00 donation when a new Elevation checking account is opened and a qualifying ABC School code is selected by the account owner. Offers may be changed or canceled without prior notice.
***No purchase necessary to enter report card drawing. Available for students in grade K-12. Drop off report cards 11/1/2022-12/31/2022 at any branch location. Drawing will take place 1/03/2023. $100 maximum payment per report card.