Teachers Put Arvest Bank Prize Money to Good Use in Classrooms

Wednesday, December 13 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Banks recently awarded more than $15,000 to teachers throughout the state of Oklahoma, and the prizewinners in our Oklahoma City market already have plans to put their winnings to use in their classrooms. 

This marks the second year for the initiative in Oklahoma. The decision to award $500 gifts to individual teachers from a pool of more than 90 communities was made not only out of respect and appreciation for the work teachers do, but as a sign of support at a time when many school budgets across the state have been cut. 

“We know how important teachers are to our children, our communities, and our future,” said Brenda Gauntt, Arvest’s marketing manager in Oklahoma City. “We hope these awards will be recognized as a sign of how appreciative we are for all the hard work these teachers do for our children.” 

Here is a quick look at how the winners plan to use their winnings: 

  • Angela Braggs, Skyline Elementary, Stillwater: Games and materials to support our reading and math center.
  • Maryjane Burton, Choctaw High School, Choctaw: Purchasing new chairs for the performing arts center dressing rooms.
  • Hannah Hensley, Independence Elementary, Yukon: Materials for flexible seating for my classroom.
  • Jim Hudson, Mid-Del Technology Center, Midwest City: Four special tools used in the HVAC industry will be purchased for four students. There will be a monthly drawing and the individual holding the lucky ticket will get to choose their prize. Each student will have an opportunity to receive three tickets a day, based on meeting certain conditions.
  • Amber N. Neighbors, Central Junior High, Moore: Items such as floor pillows and low-standing tables. I also plan to purchase a few needed items like glue and colored pens. In addition, my classroom also has a library that I would like to update with a few new and popular titles such as April Henry and James Patterson books. 
  • Shelby Wagner, Frontier Elementary, Edmond: Purchasing items to help with flexible seating in my classroom, as well as materials for hands-on lessons and projects.
  • Sabra Wixson, Windsor Hills Elementary, Oklahoma City: Storage for station work, tools for arts infusion, technology opportunities, etc. I would also like to purchase a small laminator and laminating sheets for the classroom. 
  • Denise Andrews Wright, Truman Elementary, Norman: Items for hands-on Literacy and Math Centers, and stem bin materials to enhance the Science curriculum.
Tags: Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
 

Arvest Raising Money for Make-A-Wish Foundation® in Springfield

Thursday, December 21 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest recently worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Missouri to sponsor the wish of 12-year-old Lillian from Springfield, Mo.

 

Lillian, or “Lilly” as her friends call her, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Despite her condition, Lilly has maintained a positive attitude and strong spirit. Lilly enjoys reading comic book novels, playing games and making art. 

 

Lilly’s wish is to go on a Disney Cruise, and Arvest is honored to be making her wish come true. 

 

During the month of December 2017, stop by any Springfield, Nixa, Branson, Branson West, Hollister, Aurora, Lebanon or Mountain Grove location to either buy a Make-A-Wish star or make a donation. All money raised will stay in our communities to help make local children’s wishes come true.

 

Lilly is one of many to make a wish. You can be one of many to make it come true!

    

Tags: Missouri, Springfield
 

Arvest Bank Names Gould SVP

Thursday, December 21 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Coral Gould has been named a senior vice president. 

Gould has 24 years of industry experience and has held several roles at Arvest. She currently serves as a credit administrator, providing leadership and day-to-day overall direction and administration of the lending operation functions of the bank. 

Gould earned an accounting degree at the University of the Ozarks and a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Central Arkansas. She is also a graduate of the Barret School of Banking (formerly known as Mid-South School of Banking). 

A resident of Clarksville, Gould is a member of East Mt. Zion Trinity Baptist Church and currently serves on the Building Finance Committee as well as the Women’s Ministry Team. Gould also is a member of P.E.O., an organization that supports, encourages and motivates women to pursue secondary education by providing scholarships, grants, and loans. 

About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates
 

Rogers Heritage Defends Arvest Hoopfest Crown

Thursday, December 28 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Congratulations to Rogers Heritage High School for winning the Arvest Hoopfest Championship for the second year in a row! 

The 13th annual tournament was held at Rogers High School Dec. 7-9 and the War Eagles claimed the title with a 57-48 victory over Fort Smith Southside in the championship game. Rogers Heritage’s Seth Stanley scored a game-best 25 points and Bryce Breedlove added 11. 

A plaque was presented to the Rogers Heritage team and War Eagles players received individual medals. The runner-up Mavericks also received individual medals. 

Other final results of the tournament were: 

  • Third-place game: Webb City (Mo.) 44, Mt. Vernon (Mo.) 38
  • Fifth-place game: Rogers 77, Clarksville 30
  • Seventh-place game: Waynesville (Mo.) 60, Carl Junction (Mo.) 38 
Tags: Rogers
 

Arvest Bank’s Barnett to Receive Community Leadership Award

Tuesday, February 20 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce commercial lender J.P. Barnett will receive the Elbert S. Graham/Elza Tucker Award from the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce at its 96th annual Celebration of Business & Community on Feb. 22.

The event, which honors numerous outstanding community leaders, will be held at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers.

Barnett, who celebrated his 20-year anniversary with Arvest in August, works at the branch located at 103 S. Bloomington in Lowell. In receiving the award, Barnett is being recognized for his “significant contribution to the betterment of the Lowell community” and for having “given above and beyond to the community,” according to a chamber release.

“J.P. is truly deserving of this recognition, and we couldn’t be more proud of him,” said Payne Brewer, commercial loan manager for Arvest in Benton County. “In addition to being an excellent banker, J.P. has always made time to give back to the community. His actions are a wonderful reflection of Arvest’s overall commitment to our communities. We look forward to celebrating this honor with him.” 

This year’s event begins with a cocktail reception from 5:30-6:45 p.m., and is followed by the awards celebration from 7-7:50 p.m. The evening concludes with a party (including cash bar, coffee and dessert stations) from 7:50-9 p.m.

 

Tags: Associates, Rogers

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