NBSB Participates in Community Reading Day at Warren Elementary

North Brookfield Savings Bank proudly participated in Warren Community Elementary School’s recent Community Reading Day along with many other community volunteer readers. North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Patricia Ostrout (Left) and Three Rivers Branch Manager Rachael Slozak (Right) read books to the students of Mrs. Rainaud’s and Mrs. Cygan’s fourth grade classes and are shown in the school’s library.

North Brookfield Savings Bank loves interacting, supporting and offering educational resources to local community members whenever possible, including even the youngest of citizens. It is no surprise that when the Bank was given the opportunity to visit students of Warren Community Elementary School to participate in their May 3rd Community Reading Day they jumped at the chance. As a part of their continuing initiative to commit to excellent and help encourage literacy, North Brookfield Savings Bank employees read to students in various classrooms. The Bank was in the company of an impressive group of local professionals and community leaders, who also read to students as a part of the event.

Patricia Ostrout, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking read Letting Swift River Go, by author Jane Yolen, a book about the flooding of the Quabbin Reservoir as told through the eyes of a young girl, to Mrs. Rainaud’s 4th grade classroom. Rachael Slozak, Branch Manager read the book Each Kindness, by author Jacqueline Woodson, to 4th graders of Mrs. Cygan’s class. The book followed Chloe, a young girl who learns that even small acts of kindness can have a profound impact.

Students were very excited and eager to listen to the books read to them by special guests. Patty and Rachael began by briefly sharing what their role is with the Bank, how they help customers with their finances, and discussed with students their current saving habits and ways they could become super savers. Afterward, the Bank gave students piggy banks so they could begin or continue to practice early saving habits.

“It was so wonderful to participate in the Community Reading Day at WCES and to interact with all of the enthusiastic students,” said North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Patty Ostrout.  “At North Brookfield Savings Bank, we care about all of our community members. Just one of the ways we demonstrate this is through involvement with our local schools – promoting literacy through Reading Days, Financial Literacy Programs, among many other fundraisers such as our School Supply Drive.”

North Brookfield Savings Bank is a proud supporter of their communities and is a great promoter of literacy education for all generations. Evident through their steadfast community outreach and involvement, the Bank proudly teaches Financial Literacy classes in local high schools, participates in Community Reading Days at various schools, attends school Financial Aid Nights, and strongly supports literacy focused organizations assisting older generations such as Top Floor Learning in Palmer and The Literacy Project’s Ware Classroom. The Bank understands that continuing financial and literacy education is of course important for adults, but just as important for the upcoming generations.

Ostrout continued, “These children are our future, and we know it is important that we give them every opportunity, every resource, to be confident, strong and successful members of our society. We are so grateful to the school for giving us this opportunity.”