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RBC Bank’s Tribute to Teachers Program Awards One Deserving N.C. Teacher


RBC Bank Honored Ahoskie, N.C. Teacher Today with $2,000 Classroom Supplies Shopping Spree


From left to right: Bill Bunn and Archie Hill from RBC Bank presenting Tribute to Teachers grand prize winner, Michelle Newsome with $2,000 Stone's Education Superstore shopping spree.



RBC Bank's Tribute to Teachers grand prize winner, Michelle Newsome shopping at Stone's Education Superstore.

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RALEIGH, N.C. - August 2, 2011 – RBC Bank’s Tribute to Teachers grand prize winner, Michelle Newsome carefully walked through the aisles of Stone’s Education Superstore in Raleigh, N.C. spending $2,000 to equip her classroom for the upcoming school year.

Newsome, a fifth grade teacher at Ahoskie Elementary School, was selected from more than 2,200 nominees throughout the bank’s Southeastern footprint. She was joined by RBC Bank executives Archie Hill and Bill Bunn for a brief press conference prior to her shopping spree as friends and families were there to cheer her on. RBC Bank mascot Leo the Lion also lent a hand to help Newsome with her shopping spree, making sure she picked up all her classroom needs including books, organizational materials, bulletin board sets and various learning materials and classroom supplies.

RBC Bank’s Tribute to Teachers Award program, now in its eighth year, supports and recognizes excellence in the classroom. The program has already awarded more than $154,000 to hundreds of teachers across the Southeast. This year, RBC Bank received thousands of nominations from students, parents and community members looking to recognize deserving teachers. In addition to Michelle Newsome’s shopping spree, 50 winners were selected from the nominations and received $500 each to spend on classroom materials.

“Michelle’s commitment to education and passion for teaching is clear, and this recognition is well-deserved,” said Bill Bunn, RBC Bank’s regional president of Retail Banking. “Dedication to excellence in the classroom is essential to the growth of our youth, and at the corporate level – as well as personally – we believe there is no better way to give back to the community than by supporting our teachers.”

RBC Bank will award a total of $54,000 to 100 teachers in the Southeast this year through the Tribute to Teachers program, and this fall, the bank will select an additional 50 winners from a new set of nominations. Visit the bank’s website to nominate teachers now You will also find a list of the 50 teachers recognized in 2011 to date.

About RBC Bank

RBC Bank, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., offers a wide range of financial services and advice to individuals, businesses and public institutions throughout the Southeast. RBC Bank’s network includes more than 420 full-service banking centers in six states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia), an extensive ATM network and telephone and online banking. RBC Bank is the 40th largest U.S. bank by consolidated assets, according to SNL Financial’s List of the Nation’s 50 Largest Banks, September 2010. RBC Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) (RY on the TSX and NYSE), Canada’s largest and most stable bank as measured by assets and market capitalization. For ten consecutive years, RBC has been named to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. RBC has been listed as one of the most sustainable large corporations in the world for six years in a row, according to the annual ranking by Corporate Knights. And, in February of this year, RBC was ranked 31st in The World’s Most Respected Companies by Barron’s, and third among financial institutions. More information about RBC Bank may be found at