080313 Citizens Bank Urges Donations for Gear for Grades Program (160)

MANCHESTER —  There is still time to donate new school supplies to Citizens Bank Gear for Grades program that will send 3,000 local children back to school with important items to help them learn. Now through August 9 pencils, pens, notebooks, folders and other school supplies can be donated at any Citizens Bank branch across New Hampshire.

The Gear for Grades program is a part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank's program for contributing to the economic vitality of communities. Since 2003, the program has helped more than 215,000 children across the bank's footprint where it operates as Citizens Bank in New England and the Mid-Atlantic and Charter One in the Midwest.

This year's program is in partnership with Child and Family Services of NH, the New Hampshire Union Leader and 95.7 WZID.
In Plymouth 140 backpacks will be donated to community organizations including A+ Plymouth Elementary School's afterschool program as well as Whole Village Family Resource Center.

In Laconia backpacks will be donated to the Family Resource Center of Central NH.