Ogden, Utah, March 11, 2013
Horace Mann Elementary teaches students personal responsibility and routine to build student confidence and reduce tardiness
A small community donation by Bank of Utah will make a big difference in more than 60 student’s lives at Horace Mann Elementary School in Ogden. It all started when school counselor, April Brough, wrote a letter to Bank of Utah’s Layton branch asking for $200 to help buy alarm clocks for students who have been struggling to get to school on time. The clocks are just one aspect of a program to teach children personal responsibility.
Bank of Utah’s Layton branch manager, Brenda Moore, said, “This request touched our hearts. It was something we just had to do.”
According to Brough, 65 percent of the school’s students live in families with incomes below the poverty line, and that means heads of households are pulled in many different directions to provide for their families. When parents and guardians have to leave for work early in the morning or have not returned from a night shift in time to get their children off to school, sometimes neighbors or siblings are asked to do the job. This can result in children being tardy.
The donated alarm clocks provide a tool to help chronically tardy children take personal responsibility and get to school on time, and the clocks will create a ripple effect that will positively influence the whole family . Brough says the school has created a check list that includes getting homework done and putting it in the back pack; getting permission slips signed and placed in the backpack; putting out clothing, shoes and socks the night before; setting the backpack out in the same place each night; and setting the alarm clock each night to help the children get up in time.
“This routine builds the children’s confidence and helps them arrive in a less stressful manner,” said Brough. “As a result, they are more calm and receptive to learning first thing in the morning.”
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the morning is the most crucial time of the day for learning. Students who are late miss these important hours and disrupt learning for the rest of the classroom as well when they arrive late. Some studies also link tardiness in grade school to failure in high school.
“We truly appreciate Bank of Utah’s contribution to our school,” added Horace Mann Elementary’s principal Ross Lunceford. “These alarm clocks will help us teach our students good habits that will help them be independent for the rest of their lives.”
“We’re a community bank and this donation is an example of how we can respond to the needs in the community,” said Scott H. Parkinson, senior vice president of marketing and communications. “We take requests like this seriously and do what we can to make a difference.”
About Bank of Utah
Bank of Utah, which recently marked 60 years in business, was founded and organized by Frank M. Browning, an Ogden business executive. The bank officially opened for business on December 1, 1952 with 16 employees, and has grown to over 300 employees and $750 million in assets. The bank currently has 13 full-service branches along the Wasatch Front, mortgage offices in South Towne, Price, Logan and South Jordan and corporate trust teams in Ogden and Salt Lake City. Bank of Utah offers personal banking, business banking, home lending, trust management and investment services. For more information call 1-800-516-5559 or visit www.bankofutah.com.