News Release: Blackhawk Donates $15,000 to Janesville Early Literacy Task Force

Phil Whitehead presents a large check to Janesville Early Literacy Task Force for fifteen thousand dollarsJuly 12, 2018 (Janesville, WI) – Blackhawk Bank recently announced their commitment to donate $15,000 to the Janesville Early Literacy Task Force over the next three years. 

These funds will assist the Task Force in providing Janesville youth - from birth to five-years-old - exposure to language and literacy skills, which will increase their ability to read at or above their grade level, once in elementary school.  This will be achieved through parent and family outreach, education and mentoring.

“Early literacy is the human rights issue of our time.  Every child, regardless of their economic status, race or social standing, deserves an equal opportunity to read,” stated Steven Pophal, Superintendent of the School District of Janesville. “If not here, where?  If not now, when?”

“Blackhawk Bank takes pride in being a strong community partner,” commented Phil Whitehead, Senior Vice President Business Banking. “Our partnership with Janesville Early Literacy Task Force is something the Bank feels strongly about and we’re committed to seeing them and our youth succeed.”

About Blackhawk Bank

Established in 1881, Blackhawk Bank has served individuals, families and business owners for 137 years. The Bank operates eight full service banking centers in Janesville and Beloit, Wisconsin and in Rockford, Belvidere, Machesney Park and Roscoe, Illinois. The Bank also operates a Business Banking Center in Elgin, Illinois, and a Mortgage Processing Center in Roscoe, Illinois. Complete information about Blackhawk Bank can be found at  Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender

About Janesville Early Literacy Task Force

The Janesville Early Literacy Task Force is committed to engaging the entire community in preparing children from birth to age five to succeed in school and life by empowering families to read, talk, and play together every day.