Traditionally students from Salina Elementary share in a long-held community tradition of singing carols and creating handmade ornaments for Zion’s Bank’s Christmas tree, and receiving a cash donation to their school in return. Like many things, traditions must be modified due to the pandemic, and the ‘Lights On’ tree trimming tradition is no different. Rather than students walking to the Zion’s bank in Salina and singing for parents, the local bank employees visited each classroom at the Salina Elementary to personally hand deliver a treat and pick up their ornaments. The Christmas singing will have to wait until next year.
“Usually this is the best day of the year at the bank, and we’re so sad things have to be different again this year,” said Brandy Marsh. “Some of the classes sang to us, which we loved, but we miss having everyone come visit us at the bank. We are grateful we were able to collect the students’ ornaments and we have them hung on our tree. We invite all students to bring their parents down to the bank and get a picture with their ornaments. We love having the students and their families come in and though things are different this year, we are grateful to be able to continue this tradition and thank the students and faculty at Salina Elementary for their support.”
Zions Bank presented a contribution to the school. The decorated tree will be on display in the bank’s lobby through the holidays.