Education News & Resources 2013
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Seven Scholarships Awarded to Area Students
06/28/13 story by Tricia Konyn-Hurley, Director of Sales & Marketing

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust awarded seven, $1,000 scholarships to six graduating seniors from area high schools and one University of Wisconsin-Marinette student. The bank presents the scholarships each year to help deserving students begin their post-secondary educations.

"Part of our mission is to be a good corporate citizen," said Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Tom Maxwell. "We accomplish this primarily by emphasizing our support for youth activities and education."

 The students who received Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust scholarships are as follows:

Karli Barley Karli Barley, a graduate of Menominee High School. Karli is the daughter of Joe and Korry Barley of Menominee. She will attend Marquette University and major in Sociology.
Michael Nighbor Michael Nighbor, a graduate of Marinette High School. Michael is the son of Gordon and Patricia Nighbor of Marinette. He will attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and major in Mathematics.
Emily Steer Emily Steer, a graduate of Crivitz High School. Emily is the daughter of Shari and Michael Steer of Crivitz. She  will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College and major in Education.
Lillian Duffrin Lillian Duffrin, a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas Academy. Lillian is the daughter of Matthew and Kim Duffrin of Menominee. She will attend the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and major in Nursing.
Ashley Buzek

Ashley Buzek, a graduate of Peshtigo High School. Ashley is the daughter of Joseph and Susan Buzek of Marinette. She will attend the University of Wisconsin-Marinette and major in Accounting.

Cole Lewandowski

Cole Lewandowski, a graduate of Wausaukee High School. Cole is the son of Page and Thomas Lewandowski of Wausaukee. He will attend Marquette University and major in Exercise Physiology.

Teach Children

Kay Carlson reads to a captivated audience in Karla Rastall's kindergarten at Merryman Elementary in Marinette.

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust Participates in the National Teach Children To Save Program
Article by Tricia Konyn-Hurley, Director of Sales & Marketing

May 2, 2013 - Employees of Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust volunteered their time to visit classrooms in our area as part of the National Teach Children To Save program, sponsored by the Wisconsin Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association Education Foundation. April 23 was National Teach Children To Save Day.

"We participate in this program because we hope to make a difference in the lives of children," said Kay Carlson, coordinator of Bankers Promoting Financial Literacy at FMBT. "Hopefully, we are planting a seed that kids will continue to sow throughout the years. We hope they take a portion of what they learn from our program and apply it to different aspects of their daily lives."

This year, FMBT expanded their reach to schools in the Crivitz and Peshtigo area. The Teach Children To Save campaign kicked off on Monday, April 15 when Carlson, Tammy Billock, Deb Atwood and Kate Saylor gave presentations to kindergarten and first grade students at Crivitz Elementary School and Central Elementary School in Menominee.

They and fellow bank employees Jenny England, Yvonne Erickson, Laura Figas, Tricia Hurley, Nicole Johnson, Mary Kornusky, Laura McMahon, Kathy Phillips, Mike Piasecki, Lorraine Porte, Julie VandeWalle and Mary Wilde gave 72 presentations to over 1,380 area children during the past two weeks...more than any other local financial institution!

In addition to Crivitz Elementary and Central Elementary, they also visited Garfield, Merryman and Park elementary schools in Marinette, Blesch Intermediate School, Menominee High School and Menominee Catholic Central in Menominee and the Peshtigo Elementary Learning Center in Peshtigo.

The bankers use their experience to inspire students to become life-long savers. They teach children how to spend money wisely and discuss the differences between needs and wants.

Since its inception 17 years ago, the Teach Children to Save program has reached more than 5 million students nationwide with the help of over 123,000 bankers.



Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust and AT&T Co-Sponsor Career Opportunity Expo
Article by Donn Williams, Marketing

January 9, 2013 - About 300 local high school sophomores from Marinette, Menominee, Wausaukee and St. Thomas Aquinas Academy learned about careers that are available in our region such as agriculture, communications, business and finance, education, government, health, law enforcement and public safety from local business leaders Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at the Career Opportunity Expo held at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Marinette.

The annual event was conducted by the M&M Area Chamber of Commerce's Education and Business Partnership Committee. The Expo's goal is to educate students about the types of jobs available in local businesses and industries and the workforce needs of employers. The expo was sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust and AT&T.

"We're happy to sponsor this event because it informs students about job opportunities right here in this area," said bank President Tom Maxwell. "We want our youngsters to stay here because it's a great place to live to raise families and to have satisfying careers."

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