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Community Bank of Tri-County has received the 2012 Financial Education Award from the Maryland Bankers Association as a result of its efforts to promote financial literacy to schoolchildren in Southern Maryland.

“Incorporating financial education into the lives of children at a young age provides them with valuable tools and resources for the future,” said Michael Middleton, CEO of Community Bank of Tri-County, in a bank news release. “We are proud of the children in our community who are taking an active role in their finances.”

The 2012 Financial Education Award is presented by the Maryland Bankers Association for outstanding contributions toward enhancing financial education among Maryland’s school-aged children. This year, 22 banks participated and 36 entries were submitted for the award; Community Bank of Tri-County was awarded first place. The children’s programs were evaluated in the areas of presentation materials, community impact, financial literacy concepts and development.

“At Community Bank of Tri-County, we value the relationship we have with every customer, no matter their age,” said Hillary Theriault, vice president and director of marketing of the bank, in the release. “In order for us to engage even our youngest customers, we developed a kids’ program called The Green Team. Members of The Green Team, children age 12 and younger with a Kids’ Club account, receive several membership incentives that promote financial literacy.”

Community Bank of Tri-County is the oldest independent financial institution headquartered in Southern Maryland, with eleven branches and more than $975 million in assets. Community Bank of Tri-County branches are conveniently located throughout Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, and in King George, Virginia.