Students, TS Bank Employees and staff pose with their b

Over 100 books gifted to elementary students to celebrate 100 years

May 9, 2023

Council Bluffs, IA, May 9, 2023 - As part of TS Bank’s 100-year birthday celebration, over 100 (249 total) books were gifted to first grade students at Franklin Elementary, Rue Elementary, College View Elementary and Treynor Elementary during last month’s special book reading, blending the love of learning and saving.

Chartered in May of 1923, TS Bank has a mission to IGNITE PROSPERITY®, and is dedicated to changing lives and communities across the Midwest. Additionally, the bank is committed to teaching financial literacy, hosting educational events and partners with local nonprofit organizations.

This past April marked the 20th year of National Financial Literacy Month and the recent elementary book reading connected with students on wise ways they can save, spend and share their money. The month highlights the enduring importance of financial education and TS Bank is committed to the community by offering financial, economic and entrepreneurial education to local schools, non-profits and community organizations.

“Every savings journey has a unique beginning. We believe it is never too late to start taking control of your financial future,” said Traci Dresher, Financial Literacy Programs Manager. “The goal of the book read was to help empower students to think differently about their personal financial story. This was a great way to celebrate TS Bank’s 100 years in community banking and connect the behavior of saving with the love of learning.”

Pictured above: Traci Dresher, Programs Manager with TS Institute, reading to students.

TS Bank employees read, “Rock, Brock and the Savings Shock,” by Sheila Bair about a tale of two brothers who have significant savings habits. Rock and Brock may be twins, but they are as different as two twins can be. One day, their grandpa offers them a plan—for ten straight weeks on Saturday he will give them each one dollar. But there is a catch!

Students of each elementary heard how Rock spends his money, while Brock saves his money and how their lives change when they work together to plan for their financial future. After the book reading, every first-grade student at each school received their very own book to read and take home.


Pictured above (left): Students listening to Traci Drescher, Programs Manager with TS Institute, read a book. 
Pictured above (right): Kyle Osborne, Director of Financial Literacy with TS Institute, is handing out books to students

TS Bank is dedicated to community reinvestment and donates 10% of its pre-tax income back to the community. Since 2007, TS Bank has granted nearly $5 million dollars through these efforts and impacted over 140,000 students and adults through financial literacy.

To learn more about TS Bank’s financial literacy efforts visit here or view to learn more the year-long 100th birthday celebration community events.

Pictured in header are students and helpers with their books at Franklin Elementary School. 

About TS Bank: TS Bank’s mission is to Ignite Prosperity® in the communities it serves. Leading the resurgence of community banking, TS Bank reinvests 10 percent of their net income locally; hosting educational events and partners with local organizations and non-profits. TS Bank was chartered in 1923 and has $393 million in assets, along with the largest Iowa state-chartered C-Corp trust department west of Des Moines at nearly $220 million in assets named TS Prosperity Group. Locations include Treynor, Macedonia, Atlantic, Corning, Council Bluffs and Ames, Iowa. For more information, visit