Making the Grade

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— Community Bank has awarded nearly $7,000 to students who made the grade during the last school year.

In the second year of the bank’s “Earn While You Learn Program,” the bank recently handed out money to more than 275 student-customers.

The program encourages students to pursue academic success by awarding them for good grades, according to an announcement from the Joseph, Ore.,-based bank which operates branches in Walla Walla, College Place and Milton-Freewater.

During June and July all branches accepted end-of-the-year report cards from students in first through 12th grades. For every top grade — As for middle- and high-school students and equivalents for grade-school kids — the bank deposited $1 into their Community Bank youth savings accounts. Students can earn up to $50 annually with payments for the whole year given in the first two summer months. This year’s participation from students increased almost 80 percent from last year, bank officials said.

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