Gaser Leavitt and Lilianna Castillo of Hermiston cashed in on Community Bank’s Earn While You Learn Program, which rewards students for good grades.

JOSEPH — Students from across the region cashed in on Community Bank‘s Earn While You Learn Program.

A total of 769 student-customers in the Eastern Oregon and southeast Washington area earned a total of $18,217 for good grades in school. In its ninth year, the program is designed to encourage students in their academic success by making deposits to Community Bank Youth Savings account customers for their good grades.

“It gives you a reason to want to get good grades, just knowing you’ll get something extra for working harder,” said student-customer Dallee Bingham of North Powder.

During the months of June and July, all Community Bank branches accepted end-of-the-year report cards from students in first through 12th grade. For every top grade in main school subjects, Community Bank deposited $1 into their Community Bank Youth Savings Account. The program rewards students with up to $50 annually. The total paid out since the program began in 2011 is $114,602.

Community Bank was founded in 1955 by a group of Joseph business leaders as the Bank of Wallowa County. Since then, it has grown across the region, including branches in Pendleton, Hermiston, Heppner and Milton-Freewater.

For more information about the program, stop by a local branch of Community Bank or contact Leah Johnson, marketing manager, at 541-207-0717, or visit

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