Supporting Our Community and the Remarkable Ha:San Preparatory School


L to R: Liz Barbato, Gabrielle Gary, Erin Chico, Aiden Wyaco, James Merino, Jacob Pawson

Over the past year, Bank of Tucson has provided over $20,000 in Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) donations to various organizations throughout Southern Arizona.

“Financial institutions have an obligation to reinvest in their community,” said Michael Hannley, President, Bank of Tucson. “Our focus is on giving back and providing financial assistance to organizations that support and service the lower-income communities in and around Tucson.”

One of the recipients of Bank of Tucson’s CRA donation was the Ha:San Preparatory School.

This past November, Erin Chico, VP Lockbox, presented the Ha:San School with a $2,500 CRA donation on behalf of Bank of Tucson. During her visit, Erin had an opportunity to tour the school and meet with two of the school’s honor students, Gabrielle Gary and Aiden Wyaco, along with the school’s Director of Finance and Operations, Jacob Pawson, and Academic Curriculum Coach, James Merino.

Jacob explained that many of the students travel many miles to attend school and that the school proudly boasts a 90 percent graduation rate! Lots of the school’s activities are funded through students’ fund raising efforts, such as organized car washes and providing parking space for those attending the University of Arizona football and basketball games. The school’s proximity to the UofA allows students to operate the parking lot on game days and charge a nominal fee for parking. These events provide monetary means to host activities such as school dances and field trips.

The Ha:San Preparatory School is an academically rigorous, bi-cultural community-based high school dedicated to increasing achievement for below grade level Native youth by infusing aspects of the educational experience with elements of Tohono O’dham language, tradition and Native history.

The Ha:San School continues to be a source of encouragement and inspiration! Bank of Tucson looks forward to providing further support to the Ha:San School in 2016.



Posted on January 26, 2016, in Charity and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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