RBC BANK HONORS TEACHERS WITH TRIBUTE TO TEACHERS PROGRAM
Bank to award nearly $30,000 in “Classroom Cash” to 50 teachers across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. – Dec. 1, 2008 – RBC Bank is kicking off its sixth annual Tribute to Teachers program and will award $27,500 to 50 teachers throughout the bank’s Southeast footprint. This year the bank will partner with sister company RBC Wealth Management and expand the winners to also include teachers in Minneapolis, Minn., Oakland, Ca., and Syracuse, N.Y.
“The Tribute to Teachers program is designed to reward the very best educators in the communities where we call home,” said Scott Custer, RBC Bank chairman and CEO. “We are looking forward to honoring the teachers who are dedicated and committed to their students’ futures.”
Tribute to Teachers began in 2004 as a way to recognize elementary and middle school teachers who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the classroom and in their communities. Anyone can nominate teachers online from Dec. 1, 2008, to March 15, 2009, by visiting www.rbcbankusa.com/tribute.
“It was such a great surprise to be nominated by my students and to read what they wrote about me,” said Kim Wakefield, a 2008 winner and a teacher from Semmes Middle School in Semmes, Ala. “I was able to buy art supplies and extra things that we don’t normally have the funds to buy.”
Fifty teachers from Alabama; Florida; Georgia; North Carolina; South Carolina; Virginia; Minneapolis, Minn.; Oakland, Ca.; and Syracuse, N.Y., will each receive $500 to use toward the purchase of classroom learning tools, such as art supplies and audio-visual learning aids.
“It really was an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Holly Humphreys, a teacher at South Topsail Elementary School in Hampstead, N.C., and 2007’s winner of the grand prize shopping spree. “To be able to spend money for things that I need for my kids in the classroom without any rules, it was wonderful!”
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