ENID, Okla. — Security National Bank made a special delivery of supplies to Adams Elementary School Tuesday morning.
Bank leadership, including CEO Scott Athey, personally carried or carted in boxes of dry-erase markers, tissues, wet wipes and more highly requested items by Adams teachers.
Security National Bank has been donating classroom goods to EPS schools across the district for nearly two decades, said April Danahy, senior VP of human resources.
"I will tell you, when we started 19 years ago, $2,000 went a lot farther. That's why we listen to the teachers to find out exactly what they want and what the students need at midyear," Danahy said. "Enid is a giving community and we're so thankful to be a part of it."
Need for supplies is especially high at the start of the second semester, Adams Principal Reba Gregory said.
"January is a time when all of the things we had donated at the beginning of the school year have pretty much been used, and (teachers) start to use their own money more," Gregory said.
Nationwide, it's not unusual for teachers to reach into their own pockets to keep their classrooms stocked.
"They do that frequently, often just because of convenience. They need them now, so they buy them," Gregory said.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, teachers spend on average $459, annually, on school supplies.
SNB's Tuesday morning drop-off, with enough markers and wet wipes to last until summer break, cost $2,000. That's $2,000 that Adams teacher's won't have to spend.
Athey said investing in area schools is the most surefire way to benefit the community as a whole.
"We're a community bank. We are only in Enid and Northwest Oklahoma," he said. "We figure education is ground zero, and everything we do with education helps grow our community."