Bangor Savings Bank holds safety, savings event
On Oct. 27, the Camden and Rockland branches joined together to hold the 6th Annual Safety & Savings event.
Zabby’s Farm was on-hand with its mobile petting zoo, allowing children to come face to face with different animals including: goats, sheep, a pig, ducks, bunnies and a very vocal goose. The Mason’s ID’d more than 40 children through the CHIPS program. Firefighters and police officers from Camden and Rockport were on-hand to give children tours of fire trucks and police cars, and emergency medical technicians from Camden First Aid gave ambulance tours. Children also took part in face painting, offered by Beth McKinney.
The CHIPS program is a free program offered in the state of Maine; parents of children are given a CD to take home with digital fingerprints, photos, a record of the child’s identifying features and a digital voice recording. This CD can later be used in the case of a missing child; uploaded at a local police station and sent out nationally to aide in searches.
Many children spent a great deal of time in the craft room, decorating pilgrim hats and creating one of a kind hand artwork. The pilgrim hats were worn and taken home by the children while the hand artwork is currently on display at the Camden branch as a mural.
Balloons, piggy banks, hot dogs and cookies contributed to the festive atmosphere. More than 200 hot dogs were served more than the four hour event, complemented by sautéed onions and toasted hot dog buns, thanks to Regional Market Manger, Skip Bates.
Bangor Savings Bank gave $10 to every child who opened a Great Start Savings Account, and gave away three $25 deposit account certificates to winners from the craft projects. Anyone who came to the event but was not able to open a Great Start Savings Account is welcome to come to either the Camden or Rockland branch between now and Nov. 30 to open an account for their child and receive the $10 opening deposit gift.