Local Community National Bank branches are serving as galleries for the artwork of area students through the bank's new Art in the Schools program. The Ringgold and Rossville branches have the works on display through May 4.
"Our students, regardless of age, have the ability to express themselves with art, and our thought behind [Art in the Schools] was 'How can this be shared?'" said Cynthia Rix, marketing coordinator for Community National Bank. "The Chattanooga community appreciates our artists, and I hate to overlook the fact that we have some talented kids that have incredible talent and teachers that allow them to express this talent."
This led Rix to reach out to the art programs at area schools to see if teachers would be interested in having their students' work displayed at the bank's local branches.
"They were so excited to share the artwork of their students," Rix said. "This was a trial this year to see how it would be accepted, and the community, the parents, the teachers — all have embraced this and are hoping Community National will do this again next year and make it a tradition."
The Rossville branch has works by students from Ringgold Middle and High schools, Rossville Middle School and Graysville Elementary School. Works from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School students are on view at the Ringgold branch, and the Jasper branch is displaying artwork from Heritage High School.
Rix said the Rossville branch is very involved in Catoosa County Schools' art programs, to which the bank donates annually. The bank is also giving $50 Visa gift cards to the art teachers at each of the schools participating in Art in the Schools so they can throw a party for their students.
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