Students and parents returning for the 2017-2018 school year to Paris Schools were greeted by a new modern digital information sign located on State Business Highway 24 on the south side of Paris High School.
The sign replaces one that was destroyed in a storm. TBNB Bank donated $10,000 to build the sign.
"The old signs appearance had been deteriorating for quite some time. The storm provided us an opportunity to upgrade the sign," said Chris Willingham, principal of Paris High School."
Courtney Jones, vice president of operations for TPNB Bank said the plan for a new sign first surfaced a year ago.
"I reached out to Aaron Vitt (Paris superintendent) to let him know that the bank would be interested in assisting the school in purchasing a new sign. He had been gathering information to see what the cost and options would be for a new sign," she said. "Aaron sent me the rough estimates of the signs and the bank approved a donation of $10,000 to be contributed to the purchase of the sign. The school board decided on the digital sign."
The sign has rotating messages about major school events, including meeting and sports schedules, and deadlines for parents and students.
"The TPNB contribution was vital," Willingham said. "With the insurance money we received for the old sign, and the very generous $10,000 donation by TPNB, we were able to purchase a state-of-the-art high-tech sign board. The new sign is great for its appearance and its ease-of-use. We are very thankful to TBNB."
Vitt said the sign has proved popular with parents and students - and the community.
"The feedback we have received has been positive," he said. "The sign adds a nice touch to the school. We have also received feedback as to what colors are easiest to see. We will continue to experiment with different backgrounds, colors, fonts, and message speed rates so the sign best serves its intended purpose - communication."
Jones said the sign continues TPNB Bank’s longtime support of Paris schools. For instance, for the last 40-plus years, the bank has hired an intern from Paris High School, she said, Jones says helps the student gain work experience and learn how to work in a team.
"The bank also sponsors a financial class at the school that includes the program for the students to use during class as well as bank employees coming to the school and teaching a class about banking and finance," she said. "The bank also awards a scholarship each year that provides the awarded student $500 per year, up to four years in college."
Jones said TPNB Bank sponsors popcorn bags (for concession), After Prom, School Carnival, FBLA and the golf tournament.
"The bank purchased the football sign for the school and is having a fundraiser on Sept. 15 to help raise money for the school to purchase some new folding tables for events. Some of the old ones are getting in bad shape," she said. "We also donate $250 to be awarded to a support staff member at the school each year…If we’re donating funds for certain things, the school is able to allocate their funds to their education instead. "