Carrollton, Ky. — March 20, 2018 — With a combined $50,000 donation to the Carroll County School District’s Family Ties and Youth Services Center programs, German American Bank has changed the lives of hundreds of the county’s children. Bank executives presented the district’s Family Ties and Youth Services Center programs each with a $25,000 check on March 12.
“This donation was such a surprise, and it couldn’t have come at a better time,” said YSC director Tracey Reynolds. “The state has cut our funding several times, including this year. Without these funds, many students in Carroll County would not have what they need to get through the day. Thanks to German American Bank, our students are going to be able to keep learning.”
With headquarters in Jasper, Indiana, German American Bank has 53 offices in 20 counties in the region, including one in Carroll County.
“German American Bank was looking to make an impact on understated, if not unrecognized, daily needs of family units,” said Matthew Forrester, regional chairman for German American Bank. “Who better to recognize those situations than the school system, that has a proven record of being good stewards of the funds entrusted to them. We believe that both Family Ties and Youth Services are an extremely good match on those premises.”
Reynolds estimates that at least 500 children in the community will benefit from the donation. The funds will be used for buses to pay for college trips, field trips, Advanced Placement testing fees, school supplies and more.
By providing school supplies and other resources to students in need, YSC removes barriers to learning at the high school and middle school levels. YSC’s counterpart, Family Resources, does the same at the elementary level. Together, these two programs (FRYSC) provide shoes, glasses, coats, pencils and other supplies to students in the Carroll County School District.
“This is such an unexpected blessing,” said Robin Huesman, Family Ties coordinator. “Thanks to German American Bank, we will be able to offer more programs for the students and families that we serve. We will also be able to continue to fund existing programs, such as our All Pro Dad breakfast meetings at both Cartmell and Kathryn Winn. Everything that we do to help students requires resources. After repeated cuts in funding from the state, we didn’t know how we were going to carry out our mission. Thanks to German American Bank, we can keep helping kids.”
FRYSC helps students outside of the classroom as well. Some students have trouble paying for field trips, so FRYSC steps in to help. Additionally, Family Ties leads the district’s Backpack Buddy program, which sends backpacks of food home with students in need. Thanks to German American bank, more students will participate in the program.
The Carroll County School District is a public school system that operates within the geographic boundaries of Carroll County, Kentucky. The district serves around 1,900 students K-12.