Southern Bank Donates to Rolla Schools

Southern Bank Donates to Rolla Schools
Posted on 01/04/2022
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January 5, 2022


Southern Bank Donates to Rolla Public Schools


In a two-part donation totaling nearly sixty thousand dollars, Southern Bank presented a check to Rolla Public Schools on December 28, 2021. This generous contribution is earmarked for the construction of awnings at each elementary school in the district. The awnings will serve as shelter from sun and rain in the circle drive areas where students wait to be picked up after school.


“About a third of our student population at the elementary level are car riders, and weather can certainly complicate the pick-up procedures,” said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Kyle Dare. “Being able to keep kids out of the elements as they wait to be picked up will ensure everyone’s safety and keep the lines moving.” 


While there is much construction taking place throughout the district right now, these projects are planned to commence sometime during the 2022 calendar year. “We are hopeful materials will be readily available when it’s time to install the awnings,” Dr. Dare said. “We’ve been very fortunate in other areas of the district where construction is underway. We will schedule the installation of the awnings in coordination with our existing projects to help control the costs.”


Mr. Craig Hounsom, Rolla Public Schools Superintendent expressed his gratitude on behalf of the district. “These awnings will be a wonderful addition to our elementary schools and will serve a necessary purpose. We appreciate the generosity of Southern Bank and its foundation, as we work to continually improve our facilities for students and staff. We are so fortunate to have wonderful community partners who care about our schools and the future of our kids.”


Photo Caption: (left to right) Dr. Kyle Dare, Rolla Public School Deputy Superintendent; Marla Stevenson, Southern Bank Vice President; Kindra Atkinson, Rolla Public Schools Chief Finance Officer; Steve Bowles, Southern Bank Foundation President, Lisa Lawrence, Southern Bank Branch Retail Manager; and Mr. Craig Hounsom, Rolla Public Schools Superintendent