RBC Bank donates $10,000 to Communities In Schools of Wake County and launches school supply drive

Raleigh, NC (Thursday, October 6, 2011) Today officials from RBC Bank donated $10,000 to Communities In Schools of Wake County (CIS Wake) to support the RBC Bank Learning Center at Heritage Park. Executives from RBC Bank and CIS Wake also unveiled plans to launch the “Build-a-Backpack” school supply drive in all 20 of RBC Bank’s branches in Wake County.

“We have enjoyed a long relationship with CIS Wake as the sponsor of the RBC Bank Learning Center whose staff has done a great job of offering after-school tutorial and homework assistance to the students of the Heritage Park community,” said Bill Bunn, RBC Bank’s Regional President of Retail Banking and a CIS Wake Board member. “When the need was expressed for additional school supplies for students across the county, we viewed support of the ‘Build-a-Backpack’ campaign as an extension of our commitment to the work being done in Heritage Park and a way to be of further service to the families of Wake County.”

At the beginning of this school year, CIS Wake collected 1,000 backpacks full of essential school supplies during the initial phase of its “Build-a-Backpack” campaign sponsored by Walmart. .

“Thanks to the generosity of our corporate and community partners, we more than doubled the amount of donated school supplies that we normally distribute,” said Travis Mitchell, President of CIS Wake.

“But times are tough, and based on what we are hearing from our parents, students and other community leaders, there is an escalating need for more supplies. So, we decided to extend our campaign by reaching out to area businesses and asking for help. RBC Bank enthusiastically agreed to support our continuing efforts.”

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