Metro Bank, United Way and the Joshua Group of Harrisburg Announce Summer Reading Partnership

Posted On On: June 17, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Member News

HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 17, 2015) — Metro Bank is proud to announce it will extend its summer “Reading Rocks” program for the second consecutive year as part of a non-profit partnership with the United Way of the Capital Region and Harrisburg non-profit the Joshua Group to promote literacy among youth. During the seven-week program, Metro Bank team members will visit the Joshua Group weekly to volunteer at the Group’s Learning Center during its summer program.


The goal of the initiative is to help battle learning loss over the summer, also known as “summer slide,” among Harrisburg youth. Studies show that most students experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer months. The partnership will help battle summer slide while promoting the importance of literacy through literature donations and volunteer service.


Metro Bank will provide those enrolled in the Joshua Group’s summer program with books, some on the subject of money, to polish their reading and financial literacy skills. The program will give the Group’s students access to more than 1,400 books. Books will be donated to the Joshua Group’s library collection as well as individual students.


“We are very eager to team up with the Joshua Group and the United Way of the Capital Region,” said Metro Bank Chairman, President and CEO Gary Nalbandian. “It’s very important that we come together to make a positive change and help improve the lives of young people living in our own communities.”


The United Way of the Capital Region helped identify the opportunity to bring Metro Bank and the Joshua Group together for the program. The Joshua Group is an agency partner of the United Way. As an agency partner, the Group receives support through the United Way to make a greater impact on the ones it serves through programs and services around health, education, income and basic needs.


“Without a doubt, education is key to the success of our younger generations,” said Kirk Hallett, Director of the Joshua Group. “There is a clear connection between students’ reading levels and the likelihood they will graduate high school. Our partnership plays an important role in keeping our students on task this summer as they continue to develop their reading skills to achieve their academic goals.”


The Joshua Group of Harrisburg is an at-risk youth mentoring organization focused on providing education support services in the Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg. The Group’s new Learning Center provides a safe and positive environment for kids from Pre-K through high school to better themselves with guidance from mentors and outreach programs.


The reading partnership is an extension of the current Metro Bank Summer Reading program, Reading Rocks. Through this program, kids can earn while they learn and keep their reading skills sharp over the summer. Metro Bank will deposit $10 into a new or existing Young Savers account for children who read 10 books and complete a Reading Rocks brochure by September 30. Brochures are available at partnering libraries in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.


To learn more about the Reading Rocks program, visit Brochures are also available at all Metro Bank locations.


About Metro Bank

Metro Bank, subsidiary of Metro Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: METR), is a financial services retailer with 34 stores in the counties of Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Metro Bank opened its first location in Camp Hill, Pa. in 1985, pioneering industry-changing conveniences in Central Pennsylvania including seven-day branch banking, free personal checking, free customer coin-counting machines and use of a prototype store design. Additional services include free instant-issue Visa debit cards, free online and mobile banking and live customer service. The bank also offers commercial banking services including term loans, commercial mortgages, lines of credit and cash management services. For more information about Metro Bank, visit



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