First Security Bank and the Byron School District have had an ongoing partnership for many years. In an effort to support innovative school initiatives that support student learning in a time of limited school resources, a framework for ongoing support has been created. For these reasons, in partnership with the Byron School District, First Security Bank created the Byron Bear Debit Card earmarking a portion of the proceeds earned from the use of this card back to our area youth. Every time the cards are used to make a point of sale purchase, First Security Bank donates a percentage of the interchange fee back to the Byron Public Schools. The cards provide funds for programs and supplies that may otherwise not be possible. We encourage you to use the card that gives back!
The main focus of these funds is to impact the greatest number of students in the Byron Public School District as possible with monetary gifts that will benefit students for years to come. It is also our goal to award money for items that would not be funded through the normal course of business without a fundraising campaign. This one time contribution is not meant to be used towards reoccurring expenses from year to year. All funding requests should be linked to the Byron Public School Strategic Plan and focus on enhancing or improving student learning. Money raised through this interchange system will be available two times per year with funding applications due by March 31st and September 30th of each year.
Donation Requests will be reviewed and selected by a committee made up of First Security Bank of Byron employees in conjunction with Byron Public School officials in April and October of each year. Checks will be issued by May and November.
A brief report summarizing outcomes and impact of the donated funds would be appreciated shortly after the ending date of the project. Project pictures are encouraged, and we request they be submitted with your summary report.
Applications may be submitted beginning Fall of 2016 by a Byron School District Staff Member. Look for more info to come in the Fall of 2016...
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First Security Bank cares about students and their education. We are proud to announce a new way to partner with the community and benefit the students at Byron Schools! The Byron Bear Debit Card will do exactly that! Beginning this year, First Security Bank will offer a new Byron Bear Debit Card. This debit card promotes school pride and with every purchase you make it will generate income for the Byron school system.
Every time the card is used to make a point of sale purchase, First Security Bank donates a percentage of the interchange fee back to Byron schools. The card provides funding for programs and supplies that wouldn't otherwise be possible. The approval of funding will be determined by members of the Byron School Impact Fund Board members.
A few examples of items that would fall into this type of funding include:
Items that would not fall into our funding include:
Through increased usage and participation, we hope to grow the amount donated each year, and together make a difference in our schools!
The Byron Bear Debit Card makes giving back to your school easy and can be used wherever MasterCard is accepted, and you can access your cash anywhere with free usage at any MoneyPass ATM.
Ask a First Security Bank representative when you will receive your new Bear Card!
For more information on our Byron Bear Debit Card and how you can help our local schools, click here.