The Mountain Home Education Foundation (MHEF) is less than 24 hours away from its 13th-annual Night of Honors when they will enshrine the Hall of Honor's Class of 2017 Thursday evening. The Mountain Home Education Foundation's mission is to honor former Mountain Home Public School alumni, faculty, support staff and community partners for outstanding service to the Mountain Home Public Schools and Community.
In the final installment of our four-part series, KTLO, Classic Hits 101.7 and The Boot News highlights First Security Bank as the recipient of the Community Partnership Award. MHEF Executive Director Mollie Morgan says First Security Bank has been a leading supporter of the Mountain Home School District and a cornerstone of the community for over a century. The company has played a key role in providing a stable economic base for the Twin Lakes Area, and its directors, officers and employees have a history of social involvement.
First Security's Mountain Home president Tim Coleman says no one at the bank was expecting to be selected for the award.
The bank was originally chartered as People's Bank in 1906. In 2002, it merged with First Security Bank headquartered in Searcy, and it now houses local branches in Mountain Home, Gassville, Bull Shoals and Mountain View.
Coleman says First Security is proud to have served the Mountain Home School District over the last 100 years.
Coleman has been a mentor in recent years for students to get them ready for the working world and teach practical skills about banking.
First Security has also supplied academic planners to assist teachers in the Mountain Home, Cotter, Norfork and Mountain View school districts and Mountain Home Christian Academy in creating and organizing lesson plans. In addition, it sponsored for many years a banquet titled "Academic All-Stars" honoring the top students from the Mountain Home, Cotter and Norfork with a dinner at Big Creek Golf and Country Club.
The bank has supported the district with other programs. In 2011, it partnered with Mountain Home High School to sponsor First Security Bank Bomberfest to celebrate the kickoff of the football season and benefit the Backpack Food 4 Kids program for all Mountain Home students.
First Security also partners with Baxter Regional Medical Center to sponsor a program titled Medical Applicants for Science and Health (MASH). The two-week program allows high school students to shadow medical professionals to learn about specific fields they're interested in.
First Security's team members have also shown support for post-secondary education. The bank has funded the First Security Amphitheater at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home and provided representation on the university's advisory board.
First Security Bank will be honored during the Night of Honors ceremony held at Big Golf and Country Club at 5:30 Thursday evening.
Reservations may be made by contacting the MHEF office, KTLO or Mountain Home Public Schools Administrative Office.
The MHEF raises funds for student scholarships for post-secondary education and teacher grants for innovative teaching projects. The organization has given over $900,000 to Mountain Home students in scholarships awards and over $325,000 to Mountain Home teachers through teacher grants over the past decade.
To donate to the MHEF, send funds to 2465 Rodeo Drive, Mountain Home, AR, 72653, or contact Morgan at 425-1228.
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