What It’s Worth

What It’s Worth

Encouraging Kids to Dream Big

Author: Michelle Parish
Published Date: 5/24/2018

Supporting the community is an integral part of PlainsCapital Bank’s culture. While we are involved in many community initiatives throughout the state, there is one signature volunteer program of which we are especially proud because of its longevity and scope—the Lubbock ISD Partners In Education program. For the past 23 consecutive years in Lubbock, where the Bank was founded, we have made a positive impact on the lives of thousands of underprivileged school children.

Since 1994, PlainsCapital has sponsored a Lubbock elementary school, and the partnership has become one of the Bank’s most heart-felt enterprises. The school district graciously allowed us to chart our own course over the years in terms of the role we wanted to play, and our level of involvement has grown exponentially. To date, PlainsCapital’s volunteer-driven school initiatives include the annual back-to-school open house cookout, annual holiday gift-giving campaign for students, pen pal and mentoring program, model bank and financial literacy program, and school supply drives, to name a few. The infectious spirit of our sponsorship has also spread to two of our long-time Lubbock customers—Parkhill, Smith & Cooper and McDougal Companies—who have become an extension of our Bank family, joining us in the Lubbock ISD Partners In Education program.

Fun was had by all as Alderson Elementary fifth graders celebrate the end of a successful 2017-2018 school year at the fifth grade banquet and luncheon, hosted by PlainsCapital Bank Lubbock and fellow LISD Partners In Education team members Parkhill, Smith & Cooper and McDougal Companies. The event was held at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center on the Texas Tech University campus. 

Recently, with the end of the school year quickly approaching, employee volunteers at PlainsCapital; Parkhill, Smith & Cooper; and McDougal Companies worked withAlderson Elementary School Principal Cicely Alexander to coordinate and host the school’s fifth grade banquet for approximately 100 students. On Friday, May 18, the vivacious group of fifth graders were treated to lunch at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center on the Texas Tech University campus, which featured an entertaining and inspiring video from the popular ‘Kid President’ YouTube series, as well as guest speakers, including the Honorable Judge Ann-Marie Carruth. The over-arching theme was about thinking big and encouraging the students to pursue and achieve their dreams.

Congratulations to the Alderson Elementary Class of 2018! You did a great job this year.

Tags: Community Involvement