COMMERCE BANK CELEBRATES FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF CENTENOVILLE MINITROPOLIS® WITH RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY AT R.C. CENTENO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
(December 19, 2018) LAREDO, Texas - Students at Centenoville, a "mini city" inside R.C. Centeno Elementary School, celebrated the fourth year of their Minitropolisâ program with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, December 19. Centenoville provides students an opportunity to see how a community operates by giving them a variety of real-world positions. Minitropolis® was created by IBC Bank in 1996 and currently operates in more than 25 elementary schools across Texas. Commerce Bank executives inducted 25 fourth grade Centeno student "employees" to work at Commerce Bank in Centenoville. The students recently toured the bank, received training and had the opportunity to meet Commerce Bank President and CEO Ignacio Urrabazo, Jr.
Commemorating the occasion along with the students were Commerce Bank officers, along with Border Patrol, school, city and county officials. In addition to Commerce Bank in Centenoville, students have the opportunity to work for the police department, Junior Border Patrol, IRS, Kinder Sweets, Centeno Mart, Centenoville City Council, Centenoville Postal Service, La Pita Mangana Recycling Center, 2710 Buck Station and for the Bienvenido Committee.
"Commerce Bank is dedicated to the growth and prosperity of our customers and communities and we are proud to participate in programs like Centenoville," explained Commerce Bank President and CEO Ignacio Urrabazo, Jr. "The interactive environment provides an exciting learning opportunity, and it is wonderful to see these children grow up to become active, productive and engaged citizens of Laredo."
During the ceremony, Urrabazo and other local officials addressed the students, faculty and visitors and commended the students and faculty at Centeno Elementary School for their hard work and dedication to such an important program.
Commerce Bank is a member of International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ: IBOC), a $11.8 billion multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Laredo, Texas, with 191 facilities, 288 ATMs serving 90 communities in Texas and Oklahoma. Commerce Bank's commitment to "We Make It Happen" reflects the bank's dedication to the growth and success of both the community and customers it serves. International Bancshares was ranked 19th on Forbes' prestigious list of 100 Best Banks in America in 2018. Commerce Bank has been serving the Laredo community since 1982 with a retail branch network of four locations. MEMBER FDIC / INTERNATIONAL BANCSHARES CORPORATION. Follow our Facebook page, @IBCBankWeDoMore. More information is available at ibc.com.