“When Linda Callon approached Central Bank about participating over 5 years ago, she strongly suggested that we bring piggy banks to give away to the kids. She was passionate about teaching our youth the benefits of saving early,” said Sarah Cousineau, Marketing and Community Outreach Director. “Just giving away school supplies to children was such a noble and useful activity, but she often went the extra mile….she was always looking for new ways to teach great lessons.” This year, Central Bank set up a booth and a prize wheel, which was “just for kids” at this event. “I made sure we had an ample supply of piggy banks, and thought of Linda every time we gave one away,” said Sarah Cousineau.
This year the event on August 6th, was again held at the Ruiz Library and was full of wonderful family activities including a backpack/school supply give-away---this year over 200 children walked away with brand new backpacks full of school supplies. Kids bounced and played on the many inflatables set up on West Pennway and rode the train in the library parking lot. A resource fair included many local non-profits and other organizations as well as the Mounted Police and the Fire Department. Families also enjoyed free hot dogs and watermelon, as well as free books for the kids sponsored by the library. Amy Morris, Ruiz Branch Supervisor estimated there were 500-600 in attendance this year.
Central Bank will continue this tradition of participating in this back to school event, not only to be a part of the community, but to honor our friend Linda Callon. (All photos by Sarah Cousineau)