Arvest Bank awards $500 to Cassville first-grade teacher

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
First-grade teacher Courtney Beagle, back middle, poses for a photo with her students at Eunice Thomas Elementary School after receiving a $500 award from Arvest Bank, one of 116 awards given in the bank’s four-state area. Contributed photo

Beagle one of 116 winners throughout Arvest Footprint

Arvest Bank has announced first-grade teacher Courtney Beagle as the winner of a $500 award given to teachers throughout its four-state footprint.

A total of 116 awards, totaling $58,000, are being given this year.

Beagle, who teaches at Eunice Thomas Elementary in Cassville, plans to spend some time over Christmas break evaluating the best way to use the contribution.

“I am extremely grateful for the gift from Arvest Bank,” Beagle said. “It is so nice to have businesses in the community invest in our students' learning by assisting teachers. Plus, my students were just as excited as I was.

“It is a lot of money that can be used in so many ways. I plan to sit down and do some research as to what it can be used toward. I want it to be something that can be helpful to this year’s students, as well as my students in years to come.”

The Arvest initiative to honor educators was launched on Oct. 15. Nominations were accepted via the Arvest Bank Facebook page, and the awards come at a time when some school budgets have been cut.

“Arvest is thrilled to help support not just Ms. Beagle, but all of our award recipients,” said Kyle Roberts, Arvest marketing manager. “We know how hard teachers work to educate the children in our communities, and we hope these prizes can make their jobs a little easier.”