SmartBank and Sevier County School System Partner to Create Simulated Community Experience for Local Fifth Grade Students

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Company Provides Opportunity for 1100 Students to Participate in Junior Achievement BizTown Community to Learn Key Economic Concepts

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This partnership between the Sevier County School System and SmartBank is an example of how the school system and community businesses can work together to make sure that our youngsters have the type of education that prepares them to be good citizens of our county, state, nation, and world.

SmartBank, offering personal and business financial solutions using today’s most advanced technology, announced today a partnership with the Sevier County School System to continue to provide each fifth grader in the county with the opportunity to participate in Junior Achievement BizTown. SmartBank will underwrite the cost of approximately 1,100 Sevier County fifth graders participation in the program and provide a core group of volunteers to support the program’s implementation.

“Through the generosity and community spirit of SmartBank’s Board of Directors, each participating student will engage in the development and application of skills that can positively impact them throughout life,” said Dr. Jack A. Parton, director of Schools. “This partnership between the Sevier County School System and SmartBank is an example of how the school system and community businesses can work together to make sure that our youngsters have the type of education that prepares them to be good citizens of our county, state, nation, and world.”

“The Sevier County School System is providing a unique opportunity to so many deserving students,” said Billy Carroll, president and CEO of SmartBank. “I believe this program creates an entrepreneurial spirit in these young people that will continue to benefit them for years to come. Our Board of Directors and associates stand behind this commitment and are excited about the partnership and relationships that we continue to build with these students.”

Junior Achievement BizTown encompasses community and economy, work readiness, financial literacy and business management. Daily lessons provide hands-on activities in the simulated “BizTown” community to help students develop an understanding of how to apply their lessons in school to a local economy. Each student assumes a job, produces and/or sells products, receives a paycheck, works on a business team, repays a business loan, shops and manages a personal bank account. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to use critical thinking skills to explore and enhance their understanding of free enterprise.

About SmartBank
SmartBank has created a dynamic culture that makes banking special. With personal and business financial solution, the company’s directors, management and associates have innovatively combined exceptional service with the technology of today to create a culture that is smarter by design, not by accident.

SmartBank serves Sevier County with three branches and offers the most innovative technology and services with extended hours from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday (drive-thru opens at 7:30) and Saturday banking from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. For more information, please visit http://www.smartbank.net or call 865.453.2650.

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