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February 15, 2012

SCBT and USC Partner on Financial Literacy Program

ORANGEBURG, SC – SCBT and USC partner together to improve literacy and financial education in Orangeburg County through Cocky’s Reading Express on February 23rd.

Cocky & SCBT employeesThe event is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Mellichamp Elementary School. There will be a program with financial tips for parents and all children will receive a free book and stickers while listening to stories with USC’s mascot, Cocky.

“We are very excited about being a part of Cocky’s Reading Express and working with the public schools in Orangeburg County.  Our employees look forward to participating in similar events this year.  After Mellichamp Elementary School, we are planning to visit Sheridan and Elloree Elementary Schools in the coming months.  The excitement of the children seeing Cocky and the message of life-long reading is a winning combination,” said Gene McConnell, Orangeburg regional president at SCBT.

South Carolina Bank and Trust and the University of South Carolina both recognize the critical link between literacy and our future and believe that providing financial education can improve the economic conditions of the local communities in Orangeburg.

The program launched with an initial visit to Marshall Elementary School on January 26th. There were about 150 people in attendance and SCBT employees gave out 136 copies of One Cent, Two cents, Old Cent, New Cent. SCBT also provided bags with snacks, bookmarks, and pencils.

Mayor Paul A. Miller took the stage at the end of the program and proclaimed January 26th as “Cocky’s Reading Express Day” in Orangeburg County.

“We enjoyed spending time with the students, parents, and faculty at Marshall Elementary.  It was a wonderful night!  Financial literacy and reading are very important to the success of our community and we were honored to be a part of this special night with Cocky’s Reading Express,” said Katie Hane, vice president and commercial lender at SCBT.

Throughout the rest of the year, SCBT employees and USC students, together with their furry friend Cocky, will visit multiple elementary schools in Orangeburg. While USC students and Cocky explain the importance of life-long reading to children, SCBT employees will provide financial education to their parents.

Cocky’s Reading Express is a project that was started by Carolina students in 2005 with the goal of encouraging children across the state to pick up a book and read. This year, South Carolina Bank and Trust and Cocky’s Reading Express formed a partnership to create a unique and creative literacy outreach initiative, Dollars and Cents, geared specifically towards communities in Orangeburg County. In addition to eliminating illiteracy, this program also aims to provide financial education to parents.

SCBT Financial Corporation, Columbia, South Carolina is a registered bank holding company incorporated under the laws of South Carolina.  The Company consists of SCBT, N.A., the largest publicly traded bank headquartered in South Carolina; NCBT, a division of SCBT, N.A., and Community Bank & Trust, a division of SCBT, N.A.  Providing financial services for over 77 years, SCBT Financial Corporation operates 68 locations in 16 South Carolina counties, 10 northeast Georgia counties, and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.  SCBT Financial Corporation has assets of approximately $4 billion and its stock is traded under the symbol SCBT in the NASDAQ Global Select Market.  More information can be found at


Pictured above(L-R): Rodney Tumbleston, Kathryn Hughes, Katie Hane, Cocky, Trudy Salley, Dyann Conner, Brigitte Glover, Daniel Hair



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