GALION – The Galion Building and Loan Bank continued its support for education in the Galion community with its donation of calculators to Galion Middle School on Tuesday, December 7. This is the thirtieth year that the bank has donated to sixth-graders.
The Board of Directors, along with Bank President Don Barr, chose to form a partnership with Galion Middle School in 1992. The goal has been to have a positive impact on the education of every GMS student.
âThe program began when former GMS math teacher Ms. Patti Miller suggested that calculators be provided to every sixth grader,â said Jody Fraley, representative for Galion Building and Loan. “She believed that having a calculator would give every student the equipment they need to be successful in math.”
The students received a Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS calculator, which is the official Ohio graduation test calculator.
âThe Galion Building and Loan Bank has distributed 6,180 calculators to students in Galion since 1992,â Fraley said. âThe calculator received by the students is approved for the Ohio Achievement Test, the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT), ACT and SAT. This is a very versatile model that should follow students through high school and college.
The calculators were distributed to the students during a brief GMS introductory assembly. Each calculator is engraved with the student’s name and is affixed with a sticker that includes the name of the bank and a statement declaring the bank’s concern for the education of our youth.
âI would like to thank Don Barr, Jody Fraley, the bank’s board of directors and all the staff at Galion Building and Loan Bank for this generous donation,â said Galion City Schools Superintendent Jennifer Allerding. âWe appreciate their continued commitment to providing resources to help our students reach their highest level possible. “
In addition to the annual calculator donation, Galion Building and Loan Bank also does an annual presentation to all Galion first graders on âTeach Children to Save Dayâ. Students receive a Billy Buck Piggy Bank and learn the importance of saving money during the presentation. The bank also supported Junior Achievement in schools in Galion City by sending volunteers to classrooms to teach children about business.
Galion Building and Loan Bank representatives Jody Fraley (back, second from left) and Stan Gregory (back, second from right) introduced new calculators to all sixth graders at Galion Middle School for the 30th consecutive year. The sixth graders pictured showing their new calculators include (front, left to right) Ramon Hawk, Lily Hall, Summer Stephenson, Tim Miller, Ethan Craft and Cullen Hart. The directors of GMS, Mr. Wheeler (back left) and Mr. Kinnard (back right) were also present for the presentation.