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Banterra eclipse glasses to benefit area schools

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MARION -- Banterra Bank has teamed with WSIL-TV to offer eclipse glasses for a $1 donation for the upcoming Total American Solar Eclipse on August 21st, 2017. Eclipse glasses are now available at all 35 Banterra locations and will provide necessary eye safety for viewing the upcoming eclipse. Proceeds will be used in partnership with WSIL News 3 to provide Weathernet systems to area schools.

“Banterra is always looking for new ways to be involved in community events, and what better way to do so than with a milestone event such as the upcoming total eclipse,” said Jeff May, President and CEO for Banterra Bank.  “We’re glad we could offer an essential item for the eclipse to our community and at the same time, support education by providing funds for weather technology to local schools with our WSIL News 3 partnership.” 

The highly anticipated Great American Eclipse will hit the region on August 21. Special eclipse glasses will be necessary in ensuring safety while viewing the stages of the eclipse.

Through the partnership with WSIL, proceeds from eclipse glasses sold at Banterra locations will provide Weathernet systems to area schools. Weathernet systems are a type of weather monitoring station that allows students to gather weather data.  This provides students a learning experience in science and technology among other things, and the data is accessible online connecting students to weather worldwide via WeatherBug.

Banterra Bank began as a single bank in Ridgway, Illinois in July of 1975.  Today, Banterra is the largest, locally-owned bank in the region with $1.5 billion in assets and is ranked in the Top Ten Percent of U.S. Charter Banks and Top Five Percent for Illinois Charter Banks, according to asset size.  Banterra has 35 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri. 

For more information, call 866-BANTERRA (226-8377), or go to

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