Wilson Bank & Trust has helped more than 700 area teachers avoid spending money from their own pockets by providing $20,000 in classroom supplies collected this summer.
This year’s teacher supply drive, building upon a successful initial campaign last year, allowed customers to make donations at any bank location between early July and mid-August. A $20 donation provided a full bag of supplies for a teacher, which contained items like copy paper, dry erase markers, pencils, glue sticks, tissues and more. Supplies like crayons and markers were also collected during the drive.
On Saturday, August 17, teachers had the opportunity to stop by offices in every county of the bank’s service area to pick up a bag and shop for other free supplies.
“It was a privilege to be able to help educators avoid some out-of-pocket expenses again this year through our teacher supply drive,” Wilson Bank & Trust President John McDearman said. “The spirit of support from our customers, offices and employees was inspiring, and the eagerness to participate shows what a valuable resource our teachers really are in our communities.”
During the distribution on pick-up day, teachers could also register in prize drawings. Resulting from those, more than 30 teachers received $100 gift cards to purchase extra supplies on top of what they received in their bags.
In 2018, Wilson Bank & Trust’s teacher supply campaign helped about 400 teachers with donated supplies valued around $12,000.
Wilson Bank & Trust, member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender, is a community bank established in 1987 to provide personal and professional service in a hometown setting. One of the top banks in the South in stability, products, technology, growth and earnings, WB&T currently operates 28 full-service offices in nine Middle Tennessee counties, offering a full range of financial products that include secondary market mortgage loans and mobile and online banking services.