Rise in School Spirit—Local Bank Gives Back to Ontonagon Area Schools

During the first week of school in September of 2022, the students of the Ontonagon Area School District were sent home with submission slips, to be filled out and returned to receive a piece of Gladiator apparel at no cost. Each student got to choose a style of apparel featuring the Ontonagon School’s proud mascot, the Gladiator.

The Gladiator gear was donated to the school by Citizens State Bank, a bank that has been a part of the Ontonagon community for over 110 years. “Citizens State Bank and the entire community is proud of our school. As a longtime member of the community, we at CSB believe in doing our part to help promote the community and school spirit.” Said Ann Lantz, Market President of Citizens State Bank.

Since coming under new ownership in 2020, the bank has made it a point to give back to the community that attributed to its success. In 2021 the bank donated a backpack, water bottle, and nametag to each student of Ontonagon and coordinated a school supply drive to ensure each student was set up for success.

The bank has also taken an interest in Ontonagon football, donating a brand new scoreboard to Ontonagon High School this fall. “From scoreboards to backpacks, and now school logo apparel, we believe that giving back is vital to all of our continued success. Won’t it be great to see Gladiator colors filling the stands this year?” said Lantz.

The Gladiator apparel is going home with students this week, so be on the lookout for an uptick in Gladiator pride in the Ontonagon area.