Keybank Contributes to 'Branching Out With Books' Program


From left, Nancy Griffin, Tina Wilson Bush, Craig Chevalier, Carol Smith and Marta Albert. For a full caption, please see the attached release.

KeyBank's Key Foundation has awarded a $9,000 grant to "Branching Out With Books," a collaborative literacy program between SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University.

The "Branching Out with Books" program provides college students with an important hands-on learning experience working with approximately 400 high-need children throughout the school year, at Massena's Jefferson Elementary School, Herman-DeKalb Central School, Madrid-Waddington Central School and the Akwesasne St. Regis Mohawk Reservation.

 In addition to the grant support, KeyBank employees will also serve as volunteers for the program in the coming year.

Accepting the donation from Craig Chevalier, Branch Manager for KeyBank in Potsdam, were SUNY Potsdam representatives Nancy Griffin of College Advancement (left), and Tina Wilson Bush, Director of the College's Sheard Literacy Center, along with Carol Smith of St. Lawrence University's Corporate and Foundation Relations office, and Dr. Marta Albert of SUNY Potsdam's Literacy Education Department.

For more information about SUNY Potsdam's Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center, visit

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.