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RBC Bank’s Tribute to Teachers Program Awards Deserving Atlanta Area Teacher


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RBC Bank honors first-grade teacher with $2,500 classroom supplies shopping spree


Atlanta, G.A. - December 13, 2011 – As part of its eighth annual Tribute to Teachers program, RBC Bank surprised Atlanta area teacher Kristen Buckner with $500 in ‘Classroom Cash’ and a $2,000 grand prize check for a school supply shopping spree during her class today. RBC Bank’s Tribute to Teachers program recognizes deserving teachers who demonstrate exceptional community leadership.

Buckner, a first-grade teacher at McLendon Elementary School in Decatur, received the unexpected visit this morning when RBC Bank representatives Archie Hill, Jeffrey Scharps and David Thompson, McLendon Elementary Principal Lloyd McFarlane, Decatur School Superintendent and school board members arrived to present her with a total of $2,500 to help improve her classroom.

“It’s so important to recognize the hard work and personal dedication that teachers provide to students each school year, and we are thrilled to name Ms. Buckner as the grand prize winner,” said Jeffrey Scharps, regional president for RBC Bank. “At RBC Bank, our commitment is to our communities, and our Tribute to Teachers program helps us give back to those educators who continue to give to our students and communities even after the bell rings.”

This fall, fifty winners were awarded out of 2,200 nominations across the bank’s six-state Southeastern footprint (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia). The nominations came from students, parents and community members looking to recognize deserving teachers.

RBC Bank donated $25,000 this fall to be used toward the purchase of classroom learning tools through the program. Altogether, the 2011 spring and fall programs will bring RBC Bank’s Tribute to Teachers total giving to $50,000 in individual awards to selected teachers and an additional $4,000 in shopping sprees for the two winners selected at random for the grand prize school supply shopping spree. To view a complete list of the 50 honored teachers, please visit the bank’s website at

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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