Mar 15, 2015: On March 2, 2015 Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation awarded Bay Area Tutoring Association a $2,500 grant for its “Brilliant Busy Bee” kindergarten readiness program.

The goals of the Brilliant Busy Bee Kindergarten readiness program are as follows:

1. Increase correlation of life activities with current academic efforts with a series of STEM activities, hand written assignments, games and blending learning curriculum.

2. Increase student focus, classroom participation level, academic productivity and grade level proficiency.

3. Prepare student for academic rigor of Common Core State Standards.

About Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation

The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation recognizes the fundamental connection between education and economic prosperity. It works to strengthen the communities Umpqua Bank serves by investing in organizations and initiatives that expand access to education and create economic opportunity for children and families.

About Umpqua Bank

Umpqua Bank, headquartered in Roseburg, Ore., is a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation, and has locations across Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California and Northern Nevada. Umpqua Bank has been recognized for its innovative customer experience and banking strategy by national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company and CNBC. The company has been recognized for the past eight years in a row on FORTUNE magazine’s list of the country’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and was recently named by The Portland Business Journal the Most Admired Financial Services Company in Oregon for the tenth consecutive year. In addition to its retail banking presence, Umpqua Bank owns Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc., a nationally recognized commercial finance company that provides equipment leases to small businesses.