Extraordinary Citizen Award to 5-year-old Emerson

Emerson Bendickson, 5-year-old daughter of Jacob and Erin Bendickson, is Home State Bank’s Extraordinary Citizen for November.

According to her grandmother Kim Bendickson, Emerson was devastated to learn that not all the children get milk during snack time as school. She took it upon herself (with help from her mother) to raise enough money to provide milk for her classmates for the remainder of the school year, plus some for the following school year. She also hand wrote thank you noes to everyone who donated.

Pictured (from left) are Brand Bendickson, Jacob, Emersoon, Burton and Erin Bendickkson, David Bendickson, Elysha Eddy and Bill Eddy. Not pictured is Kim Bendickson.

Emerson chose to give the $100 donation from Home State Bank to Panorama Elementary School. “Thank you for being an extraordinary citizen, Emerson, and for showing that kindness comes in all ages,” a bank spokesperson said.

The Extraordinary Citizen award is a local award given monthly by Home State Bank to an extraordinary citizen or group who has gone above and beyond by giving their time and/or resources to benefit the community. The citizen(s) must be nominated by a Greene County resident. Winners then select an organization to which the bank donates $100 to in their name.

Persons who want to nominate a community member for a future award can visit the bank to pick up a form or visit hsbaniowa.com/award.

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