Schools across S&T Bank’s 12-county footprint were invited to apply for the second annual “S&T Bank My School, My Award” program. As part of the application, schools were asked to explain how they would use the money to help increase educational opportunities for students. A selection committee that was made up of S&T Bank personnel reviewed applications, and the winner was selected on September 5, 2014. Derry Area High School plans to use the money to support its Agriculture/Horticulture program and provide new tools such as farming and gardening equipment as well as other landscaping tools which will be put to use to help distribute and donate fresh produce, landscape local businesses and assist those on fixed incomes to grow their own food.
What made Derry’s application stand out from the rest?
“Derry plans to use the $5,000 toward a community service initiative and their agricultural program. They will use the money to purchase supplies such as tillers, shovels, wheel barrels and other items to improve the community and get the students involved,” explained the selection committee. “This stood out to us in that other schools wanted to use the money mostly for electronics. It was nice to see kids getting out there and taking care of their community and getting their hands dirty (literally).”
Jerome “The Bus” Bettis (former Steelers football running back and S&T Bank ambassador) presented the check during an assembly at Derry Area Senior High School on October 24. Pictured in the photos at right with Bettis is S&T Bank President & CEO Todd Brice.
“Giving back to the schools in our region that provide an educational foundation to foster youth development is part of S&T Bank’s commitment to community,” said Brice. “The ‘S&T Bank My School, My Award’ program recognizes local schools who are helping to build successful and thriving communities and we are proud to award Derry Area School District with this contribution.”
Last year’s winner was Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh. The school used the award money to develop a team of trained adult and peer tutors, working with students in an after-school setting in an effort to empower students, strengthen their academic skills and foster an environment of academic success.