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FSB's SmileSquad Continues its Mission of 'Paying it Forward' with Back-to-School Supplies Drive
Franklin, NH
08/09/2016 02:03 PM

Franklin Savings Bank’s SmileSquad is collecting school supplies to assist teachers and students with attaining the necessary items needed for the new school year. SmileSquad is also soliciting assistance from the community with donating supplies to this important community initiative.


“This is a great time of year to take advantage of super sales on school supplies,” commented Sarah Stanley, Community Relations Officer. “We are enlisting the help of the public to consider picking up something extra to help our neighbors in need, as well as assist teachers and local schools with stocking up on necessary supplies for the upcoming school year.”


Suggested items for SmileSquad’s Back-to-School Supplies Drive include: #2 pencils, colored pencils, pens, small pencil sharpeners, crayons, markers (coloring and permanent), dry erase / white board markers (thick and thin), Sharpies (thick and thin), small sticky notes, notebooks, paper (all types), glue, glue sticks, scissors, tape (clear and 2” masking), 3-ring binders, backpacks, lunch boxes, soft tissues, anti-bacteria wipes, paper towels, brown paper lunch sacks, and snack and sandwich baggies.  All donated items may be dropped off at any of FSB’s seven offices located in Boscawen, Bristol, Franklin, Gilford, Laconia or Tilton. SmileSquad will deliver the items to schools located in FSB’s service area in time for when the new school session begins.


Founded in January 2013, Franklin Savings Bank created SmileSquad as a program to connect the bank with the communities it serves on another level. The program continues to ‘pay it forward’ with random acts of kindness to benefit local non-profits, businesses and community members. New this year is a year-round collection that benefits programs such as animal shelters, homeless shelters, food pantries and schools. This altruistic program provides an element of surprise by not disclosing where SmileSquad members will show up in the communities served by FSB. The goal behind the program is to create a ripple effect of random acts of kindness, thereby encouraging others to simply ‘pay it forward’.


Established in 1869, Franklin Savings Bank is an independent, mutually-owned community bank, offering a full array of commercial lending, retail banking and investment services throughout the Central Lakes Region and southern New Hampshire. Headquartered in Franklin, the Bank has offices in Bristol, Boscawen, Tilton, Laconia and Gilford, as well as an office in Bedford for business lending. Franklin Savings Bank also offers investment, insurance and financial planning services through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Independence Financial Advisors, from offices in Franklin, Bedford and Rochester, New Hampshire. As a recognized leader in providing the latest in financial services technology, Franklin Savings Bank remains committed to serving the needs of businesses, families and the communities it serves, through a dedicated team of employees, a diverse line of financial products and services, and continued investment in emerging technology.


You can learn more about Franklin Savings Bank by calling 603.934.4445, or visiting,, or


Photo caption: Members of the FSB SmileSquad show off some of the items collected for the Back-to-School Supplies Drive. Pictured l-r: Taylor Laro, Customer Experience Program Mgr.; Erin Mercier, Security Specialist; and Sarah Stanley, Community Relations Officer

Dawn Beers
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