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Bank marks anniversary with children’s book

To honor its 50th anniversary this month First Service Bank has custom-authored and illustrated a children’s book titled Franklin Cents to be given to first-grader at schools including Clinton, Shirley and Marshall. A total of 3,000 books will be distributed in the communities where the bank has locations.

The books will be delivered to the schools this month by First Service Bank employees.

“Our employees from each bank location have volunteered to read the story at the elementary schools, and to personally hand out the books to the children,” said Phillip Ellis, Van Buren County market president. “This is a great way to honor our achievements as a bank, and a genuine gesture to the communities that have supported us for the last 50 years,” said Ellis.

Franklin Cents can be downloaded for free at

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