The Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) recently announced Bank of Lancaster/Virginia Commonwealth Bank senior vice president and consumer education director Hazel Farmer is the state winner of the “Share Your Financial Literacy Story” Contest.
Farmer has been a cheerleader and promoter of the VBA’s financial literacy programs since their inception.
“During my long tenure with the bank, I certainly have many stories to share. But my favorite story, and the one that won, involves our Bright Futures School Bank at Lancaster Middle School and a very special young man named Jovani Robinson,” said Farmer. “The school bank started 10 years ago and Jovani was one of our early savers. When I first met this middle schooler, he was so quiet and shy. He came to the school bank with his baggie of coins every time the door was open and he was recognized many times as one of our Top Savers.
“I have enjoyed watching him grow from a middle schooler to a graduate of Lancaster High School,” continued Farmer. “Today he attends Rappahannock Community College (RCC), works at the local Walmart and continues to save. When I first met Jovani, I was about a head taller than him. Today, he is well over a head taller than me. It is so rewarding to see a young person understand the importance and the joys of saving and Jovani was one of the students who ‘got it!’ I am extremely pleased to share this recognition with him.”
Attending the presentation were:
• Bank holding company director Julien Patterson, who was present when the school bank opened and over the years has been a supporter of the program.
• RCC president Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, a director for the Bank’s holding company board and trust company. She presented Robinson a gift certificate to the RCC Bookstore.
• Senior vice president and market leader for the bank’s Northern Neck offices Susan Pittman. She is the president of the Lancaster Middle School PTA.
“Jovani was quite surprised and honored to share in this state recognition with me. And we were both very pleased to have these community leaders present for the recognition,” said Farmer.