LAS VEGAS, NV – City National Bank, Nevada’s Premier Private and Business Bank®, today announced that it has partnered with Computers For Kids, Inc., and Teacher EXCHANGE to place computers and school supplies in the hands of those teachers and students who need a helping hand.  The bank recently donated more than $25,000 in computers and office supplies it no longer needed when it acquired Nevada Commerce Bank earlier this year.
 
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Computer For Kids is a nonprofit organization that receives donated computers from individuals and businesses, then refurbishes and licenses them for distribution to K-12 students for their home use.  The organization, which was formed in 2002 in Boise, Idaho, expanded into the Las Vegas area in 2010.
 
“It’s paramount in today’s digital age that students have access to computers in their home, and with City National’s generosity we’ll be able to increase our outreach in placing more computers in the homes of students throughout the Clark County School District,” said Tamara Gardner, vice president and program coordinator for Computers For Kids. “Reusing, reducing and recycling are key components of our program that has long-reaching effects benefiting the community and the environment.”
 
The computer and office equipment the bank donated to Computers For Kids included numerous hard drives, monitors, keyboards, laptops, docking stations, scanners, routers, printers, fax machines, modems, server racks, a host of computer accessories, and much more.
 
In 2002, The Public Education Foundation created a green initiative dedicated to bringing resources to public classrooms and helping the environment.  Since then, the Teacher EXCHANGE has provided thousands of Clark County School District teachers with reusable, recycled and gently used materials, supplies and equipment for use in the classrooms.
 
The Teacher EXCHANGE is a re-use and recycle resource center for Clark County School District teachers offering learning tools to enhance projects and curriculum.  Through the power of public-private partnerships, the Teacher EXCHANGE has collected and recycled more than one million pounds of electronic hardware, paper and other materials since its inception that would have been disposed of in local landfills.
 
“The success of our program is a direct result of caring companies like City National that recognize the importance of education and helping our teachers succeed in the classroom,” said Judi Steele, president of The Public Education Foundation.  “Today’s economic challenges are making it more and more difficult for teachers to continue to spend their own income on supplies for the classroom, so City National’s donation makes a significant difference in our public schools.”
 
Donations to the Teacher EXCHANGE help save each teacher an average of $1,600 he or she would typically spend out of his or her own pocket on classroom materials each year.  The Public Education Foundation recognizes that community partnerships are essential to impact student’s performance and achievement while improving our environment.
 
The office supplies the bank donated to the Teacher EXCHANGE included thousands of pens, pencils, paper, file folders, erasers, glue sticks, paper clips, notepads, calculators, desk organizers, and much more.
 
“It is a real privilege to partner with these two wonderful nonprofit organizations and to support them in the amazing work they’re doing in our community,” said Walaya Rivera, educational program specialist for City National.  “In today’s high-tech fast pace world it’s critical that every student and family have access to computers in their home.  It’s also essential that teachers have the instructional resources they need to be successful.”
 
City National contributes financial, in-kind and volunteer assistance to nonprofit institutions and organizations that enhance the quality of life and promote public interest where the company conducts its business.  The four main areas of the bank’s philanthropic outreach include education, health and human services, community development, and arts and culture.
 
About Computers For Kids
 
Since 2002, Computers For Kids (CFK) has distributed over 19,000 computers and recycled over 1,100 tons of computers, monitors, and computer equipment to date. Donations of computer equipment and software programs for CFK's program are received from individuals, schools and government agencies. Our donation program helps to address the growing problem of older computer systems being discarded to the landfill or shelved and unused, taking up warehouse space. It also provides a tax credit opportunity for the donors.  For more information about CFK, go to cfk@cfkidaho.com.
 
About The Public Education Foundation
 
The Public Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing community and global resources to meet the challenges of educating a growing and diverse Southern Nevada population.  The Foundation’s programs and initiatives are designed to improve student performance and advance quality educational opportunities for all children.  Since 1991, the Foundation has raised more than $75 million to improve teaching and learning in Southern Nevada’s public schools.  For more information about the Foundation, go to www.thepef.org.
 
About City National
 
City National Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corporation (NYSE: CYN). It is backed by $22.5 billion in total assets, and provides banking, investment and trust services through 79 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City and Nashville, Tenn. The company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $58.5 billion in client investment assets, including more than $36 billion under direct management.
 
City National has 10 branch offices in Nevada, including six in Las Vegas and one each in North Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City and Minden. The bank also has a loan production office at Stateline in South Lake Tahoe.
 
For more information about City National, visit the company’s Website at cnb.com.