BULLHEAD CITY – Officials at Mission Bank had an unexpected surprise for the Bullhead City School District. Two months after delivering several thousand items as part of the bank’s 19th annual school supply drive, two top officers hand-delivered even more.
At least 400 reusable water bottles topped the list of additional supplies, which included notebooks, crayons, pens, pencils, glue, calculators, scissors and more.
Most will be earmarked for BCSD’s three elementary schools.
“The water bottles are exciting and especially helpful,” said BCSD Superintendent Carolyn Stewart. “With the addition of touchless water dispensers on each campus, these will come in handy when children don’t bring or can’t afford their own water bottles.”
What Mission Bank founder, president and CEO Darrell Lautaret said started “as a little program” has grown to more than $150,000 in donated school supplies in the communities the bank serves.
“We are grateful for the people and businesses in our community who reached into their pockets to assist the children in our community,” said Debbie Catt, Mission Bank’s vice president of marketing and public relations. “The success of this program is due to their generosity!”
The bank’s drive includes supplies and cash contributions from customers and employees. Mission Bank then augments the bulk purchases. The water bottles were purchased entirely by the bank when it learned of BCSD’s new touchless water dispenses, which were provided by grants from the BHHS Legacy Foundation and River Fund.
“Our community partners are so important to BCSD,” Stewart added. “The students and teachers will really appreciate this extra support from Mission Bank.”