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Danville Public Schools Recognizes Local Companies for their Support

April 23, 2020
DANVILLE, VA – At the school board meeting held on April 9, 2020, the Danville School Board recognized Essel Propack, Floor Care Specialists (FCS), and American National Bank & Trust Company (AMNB) for their strong support of the division’s schools. The businesses were honored as part of the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2020 Business Honor Roll program. The program, in its fourth year, gives school divisions a way to say “thank you” to local businesses and recognize them for their valuable contributions to the schools.
Essel Propack was recognized for its Essel Propack Manufacturing Excellence Scholarship. The scholarship has been awarded annually to four (4) area high school seniors since the 2014/2015 academic year. Recognizing high school seniors for community service, academic performance, and leadership skills, students are awarded with a scholarship of up to $5,000 for their pursuit of higher education. As part of the application, students must write a technical report on how he/she would improve manufacturing in Southwest Virginia.
Floor Care Specialists (FCS) donated a mobile breakfast cart to O.T. Bonner Middle School in the fall of 2019. The mobile cart provides an additional option for students other than the traditional cafeteria setting. Instead of working around the bus schedules and club meetings, this mobile breakfast cart takes breakfast to the students to ensure they start their day on the right foot. The mobile cart navigates school hallways first thing in the morning to help provide a nutritious breakfast for all 664 students on campus. The addition of the cart has decreased the amount of time needed to provide breakfast to all of the students. The fifteen (15) minutes saved is now devoted to additional instruction time.
The third business nominated was American National Bank & Trust Company (AMNB). This spring, AMNB partnered with the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) to sponsor G.L.H. Johnson and Forest Hills Elementary Schools in the Virginia Reads One Book initiative – a statewide family literacy program designed to strengthen the educational connection between home and school from Richmond-based Read to Them. Over 590 students and staff received a copy of The Toothpaste Millionaire to take home and read with their families. Reading a common book together turns out to be a terrific way to unite a school community and increase parental involvement. Reading aloud at home ensures students come to school prepared to read and to succeed – in school and in life.
“The school division and its students, board members, administrators, and staff would like to express sincere appreciation for all that these businesses do for the children of our community,” according to Terri Hall, School Board Chair. “These three partners have donated their time, talent, and financial resources to support DPS programs and initiatives designed to prepare our 5,500 students for a 21st century economy.”
About the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA)
The Virginia School Boards Association, a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards, promotes excellence in public education through leadership, advocacy and services.
About Essel Propack Essel Propack is the world’s largest manufacturer of laminated plastic tubes with units operating across countries such as USA, Mexico, Colombia, Poland, Germany, UK, Egypt, Russia, China, Philippines, and India. These facilities cater to diverse categories that include brands in Beauty & Cosmetics, Pharma & Health, Food, Oral and Home, offering customized solutions through continuously pioneering first-in-class innovations in materials, technology, and processes.
About Floor Care Specialists (FCS)
Since its founding, Floor Care Specialists has provided a wide range of janitorial and industrial cleaning solutions for all types of business facilities. From humble beginnings, FCS, Inc. has grown into one of the leading service providers in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Recently, the company has also expanded its services to the residential sector, offering fire and water damage restoration as well as mold remediation.
About American National Bank & Trust Company (AMNB) American National’s tradition of community banking dates back over a century to its founding in 1909. Started by H. O. Kerns to serve the community of Danville, Virginia, American National has grown from a single office on Main Street to a full-service bank with 26 branches in Virginia and North Carolina that delivers a full range of high quality financial products, solutions, and advice with an exceptional level of customer service.
About Virginia Bankers Association (VBA)
The Virginia Bankers Association formed the VBA Education Foundation in 2007 with funding from the majority of VBA member banks. The Foundation’s mission is to improve personal financial literacy and economic education in all public and private schools in the Commonwealth. The Foundation recognizes the importance of economic education and financial literacy in Virginia and supports the banking industry as a key participant in these areas.