ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Ward Beecher once said, "Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house." No one knows better than Roanoke Rapids resident Betty Rose Bennett. After she filled an entire room with children's literature for her students, she began storing additional titles on the back porch, replaced household goods in her kitchen pantry and even purchased a trailer now filled with works by A.A. Milne, Shel Silverstein, Hans Christian Andersen and many more. Originally a substitute teacher, Bennett has been tutoring area children for 30 years -- at no charge -- and touched more than 300 families with her gifts of time and talent.
"When I heard about Betty and her dedication to area children, I knew it was a project that we could impact positively," said Thomas C. Manson, President and CEO. "At CCB, we believe that our role as a community bank involves more than just banking services. By supporting our future generations with education, recreation and enrichment programs, we can make a difference in our community for years to come."
After learning about Betty and her need for materials to enhance her tutoring program, Manson worked with CCB's Roanoke Rapids Branch Manager Amy Cooke to procure a computer and educational software. A brand new desktop computer system, flat screen monitor, and three software reading programs were presented to Bennett at the branch office. Previously, she had only a whiteboard to supplement her efforts.
"The Lord didn't bless me with any children," says Bennett. "I work with kids of all kinds and ages and consider each one my own." Over the years, she has received stacks of cards, poems and letters from current and former students extolling her efforts and expressing their heartfelt appreciation for her impactful lessons and support.
When asked why she doesn't charge for her services, Bennett replied, "If I do, I'll just spend the money and not remember where it went. But when a child brings me a good report card or flashes a smile with improved self-esteem, I'll keep that forever. Remember, money isn't everything."
Despite his vocation, Manson agrees, but recognizes the multiplier effect of CCB's donation and the lives it will influence for years to come. Other CCB community outreach programs include the current "Christmas in August" school supplies drive, and participation in the national "Teach Children to Save Day" campaign.
Citizens Community Bank is a Virginia state chartered bank headquartered in South Hill, Va. Opened in December 1999, it operates five branches, three in south central Virginia and two in northern North Carolina. For more information and additional financial data, please visit www.ccbsite.com.
SOURCE Citizens Community Bank