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Arvest Bank Awards $500 to Broken Arrow Teacher


SUPPORTING EDUCATION: From left, Dawn Fender and Aaron Calhoun with Arvest Bank, Erin Shelby and Kim Adams.



 Arvest Bank has announced that Erin Shelby, who teaches First Grade at Leisure Park Elementary in Broken Arrow, has been awarded $500 as part of a four-state program to support education.

In addition, Sarah Carter of Robertson Elementary in Tulsa was also awarded $500. A total of 116 awards, totaling $58,000, are being given this year. The award was a surprise to both teachers.

“I plan to purchase a new educational area rug so that every student has enough room to sit during whole group instruction,” said Shelby.  “I am so appreciative to Arvest Bank for providing money to use in the classroom.  I have taught for 12 years and have spent thousands of dollars on my classroom. For Arvest to recognize this and be willing to contribute means so much.”

The Arvest initiative to honor educators was launched on Oct. 15. Nominations were accepted via the Arvest Bank Facebook page, and the awards come at a time when some school budgets have been cut.

“Arvest is thrilled to help support not just Mrs. Shelby and Carter, but all of our award recipients,” Arvest Sales Manager Kim Adams said. “We know how hard teachers work to educate the children in our communities, and we hope these prizes can make their jobs a little easier.”

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 270 bank branches and serves customers in more than 135 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

Updated 01-18-2019

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