Back in January of this year, First National Bank in Flandreau introduced a Community Card Program that allowed users of their Debit Cards to use cards with Flandreau Flier logos on them, while each signature based transaction gave money back to the school.
The Main Street Bank has now expanded that program, allowing customers who support the Counties only other school, Colman-Egan, to take part in the program as well.
“Any time you can promote your school, you do it,” Darold Rounds, Superintendent at Colman-Egan said about the school being added to the program.
He emphasized the fact that the school, although located in Colman, also houses students from Egan. “We are Colman-EGAN, and I know a lot of folks from Egan bank over in Flandreau so this gives them another opportunity to give back to the school if they wish.”
The program is simple, if you are a new customer, just head into the bank, sign up, and you are on your way to making a financial impact on the school just by buying things you normally would. If you are an existing customer of the bank, you can go in and in a matter of minutes have your new card picked out and sent to you. You are not required to open a new bank account to have a Colman-Egan Community Card. The card simply replaces your existing card.
For every signature-based transaction (meaning no Pin Number transactions), a portion of that purchase goes back to the Colman-Egan School District.
The program has worked well in its first nine months for Flandreau, two weeks ago, First National Bank presented the school with a check worth $1,600 from the program.
Flandreau planned on using the money for scholarships and art programs for the 2013 school year, while Colman-Egan believes they will use the extra money for Student Council.
First National Bank started their community card program in Brandon at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year and has since started expanding into their other rural communities such as Harrisburg, Dell Rapids and Baltic.
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