Bank collecting school supplies, sponsoring keiki essay contest

Central Pacific Bank will be collecting school supplies and monetary donations throughout the month of July at its 34 branches statewide as part of the Ready to Learn program.

Administered by Helping Hands Hawaii, Ready to Learn provides more than 10,000 low-income Hawaii children with new classroom supplies at the start of each school year.

This year, in conjunction with the school supply drive, children ages 11 and under are invited to enter CPB’s Essay Contest for a chance to win an iPad mini. Through July 31, submit an essay of 250 words or less answering “Why is school important to you?”

One winner will be selected in each of the following age groups (ages 6 and below; ages 7 and 8; and ages 9, 10 and 11).

Entry forms and complete rules are available at all CPB branches or at

The school supplies and monetary donations collected at all branches will remain on the respective islands.

For more information, call (808) 544-0500 or (800) 342-8422; or visit