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Synovus and CB&T Launch REACH Project
Teach Children to Save program promotes financial education

April 19, 2010, Columbus, GA – Synovus (NYSE: SNV), the Columbus, Georgia-based financial services company, and its division, Columbus Bank and Trust Company (CB&T) are participating in a community program to help promote financial education. This project is part of Synovus’ community outreach effort called REACH: Recognizing and Encouraging an Atmosphere of Community and of Hope. 

During the month of April, Synovus and CB&T team members are visiting public and private K-5 classrooms in Muscogee, Fort Benning and Harris County schools to lead the “Teach Children to Save” program. The program is sponsored by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation, and was launched in 1997 to raise awareness about the important role banks and bankers play in helping young people develop lifelong savings habits. Last year, Columbus team members visited with more than 2,900 K-5 students.

“This REACH effort is another example of the commitment our team members have to serving the children of our communities,” said Kessel D. Stelling, President and CEO of Synovus. “We want to teach students early in life to make sound financial decisions and develop good spending and saving habits.”

“Our team commits a lot of time each year to financial education programs in our local schools,” added CB&T President and CEO Billy Blanchard. “The time we spend in the classroom is effective and rewarding for our team members and the students.  Teaching children basic financial skills, particularly good savings habits, is very important to us. We're proud to be part of the ABA's Teach Children to Save program.”

Other Synovus divisions participating in the program this year include Tallahassee State Bank, Sea Island Bank (Statesboro/Savannah, Georgia), NBSC (Columbia, South Carolina), CB&T of Middle Georgia (Warner Robins), and Citizens First Bank (Rome, Georgia).

 About CB&T

Columbus Bank and Trust, a division of Synovus Bank, was founded in 1888 on a simple act of kindness, commitment to service and meeting individual needs.  Today, CB&T has 17 branch offices and more than 70 ATMs in Columbus and Ft. Benning, Georgia. CB&T offers a diverse line of business and personal financial services including Business Banking, Investment Services and Mortgage Lending. 

 About Synovus Bank

Synovus Bank is a Georgia-chartered, FDIC-insured bank. Synovus Bank provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 30 locally branded divisions, 323 offices, and 456 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. See Synovus Bank on the web at



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