BankFirst makes donation to Pickens Co. College & Career Center

BankFirst makes $10,000 donation to Pickens County College & Career Center Wednesday morning. (From left: Chan Mullenix, Heyward Gould, Martin Colvin, Leon Manning, Moak Griffin, Natalie Lavender, Gail Beams, Randy Simpson, Shawn McDaniel)

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

On Wednesday, BankFirst and First National Bank (who will soon merge with BankFirst) were at the Pickens County College and Career Center (PCCCC) to present a $10,000 check, which will be used to provide students with scholarships.

“We were looking for a way to help kids in all of Pickens County and the career center was a good way to do that,” BankFirst President & CEO Moak Griffin. “We visited back in December and heard about Natalie Lavender’s award and just thought it would be a perfect way to help supplement those college hours by donating to the foundation.”

Natalie Lavender, a Health Sciences teacher at the PCCCC, was awarded the 2018 Teacher of the Year in the Health Sciences division at the national conference meeting of the Association of Career and Technical Education held in San Antonio, TX on November 29.

Lavender has had 24 years of service in career tech and was thrilled that BankFirst decided to donate the $10,000 in her honor.

“I enjoy what I do and it is obviously where the Lord wanted me to be,” Lavender said. “I have a saying that the building doesn’t make an education, it’s what’s going on inside that makes the difference. It is very rewarding to be here now at this stage, to have a state of the art facility and equipment and now that we’re partnering with our community colleges and trying to do dual enrollment for our students, this gift from the bank is definitely going to help our students meet those objectives of getting college credit while they’re in high school.”


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