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    Community Bank of Florida and Redondo Elementary

    Last updated 6 years ago

    KIDS AND THE POWER OF WORK (KAPOW) partners business and community volunteers with elementary schools throughout South Florida. KAPOW exposes students to career opportunities and helps them connect what they are learning to their futures in the workplace.

    Volunteers go through a one-time training and are assigned to a class at a local elementary school. Community Bank of Florida’s Campbell Square Financial Manager, Romey Samtani, was excited to be partnered up with second grade students at Redondo Elementary. Romey taught 8 lessons to his class, talking to them about teamwork, stereotyping, workplace skills, the value of studying hard, going to college, and careers that can be held within a bank.

    After all their discussions, the students had a work-site visit to Community Bank, where they spent the day touring the different departments, talking to employees about their day to day job duties and what skills they needed to have to get there. The field trip ended with a pizza luncheon and book bags full of goodies for all the students.

    Alex Lee Participates in Junior Achievement Day

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Alexandra Lee, Community Bank of Florida Assistant Financial Center Manager of the Lakeland location, recently partnered with North Lakeland Elementary for their annual Junior Achievement Day.

    Ms. Lee volunteered to spend a half day teaching a group of approximately 25 third-graders about building a business and the importance of having a business plan. The group asked many additional questions and shared what they wanted to be when they grew up. When the lesson concluded,

    Ms. Lee presented each student with a certificate of completion and taught them how to give a proper handshake. After her visit, Alex stated, “The children were very excited and engaged in our discussion. They all hugged me when I left and it was a great experience for me! I’m sure I will be partnering with the school again next year.”

    • 2011 Junior Achievement Day A - Community Bank of Florida
    • 2011 Junior Achievement Day B - Community Bank of Florida

    Community Bank of Florida Employee Participates in Career Week

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Romey Samtani, Community Bank of Florida Financial Center Manager at the Campbell Square location, recently participated in Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST) Academy’s Career Week program. Romey visited the school over two days, speaking to a group of 9th grade students. He discussed the many careers available within a bank, as well as how a bank functions. After his visit, Romey stated, “It was a pleasure to team up with MAST Academy for their Career Week. The students were welcoming and interested in learning about career options.”

    MAST Academy is a magnet school and part of Miami Dade County Public Schools. MAST is currently housed at Gateway K-8 Center, but will be moving to its permanent location at the old James Archer Smith Hospital for the 2011-2012 school year.

    • M.A.S.T. Career Week 2011 - 2
    • M.A.S.T. Career Week 2011 - 1
    • M.A.S.T. Career Week 2011 - 3

    Community Bank Sponsors Mexican American Council

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Community Bank of Florida was pleased to make a donation to the Mexican American Council in the amount of $1500. This money supported the Cinco de Mayo Festival that was recently held in Homestead.


    The Mexican American Council is a cultural and educational organization composed of Hispanics, former farm-workers, and interested community leaders. It strives to promote Mexican American cultural awareness to residents of Dade County and ensure that every migrant child entering kindergarten completes high school. Its programs include education and community development. The Mexican American Council also provides emergency services to residents of South Dade County.

    Community Bank Participates in Pets on Parade

    Last updated 6 years ago


    Community Bank of Florida employee Karen Houtz is a dedicated animal lover. For years she has enjoyed helping rescued animals find adoptive families. It was no surprise to other Community Bank employees when she asked them to join her at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s 19th Annual Pets on Parade 5K and walkathon held at Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland. In addition to sponsoring the event and participating as an event vendor, employees enjoyed talking to dog lovers, watching the canine costume and talent contests and raffling off a few doggone good Community Bank baskets. It was a great event; raising over $121,000 for the SPCA. 

    • SPCA 2011 A
    • SPCA 2011 B
    • SPCA 2011 C

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