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North Shore Bank today announced that it has selected 12 finalists for its “Make Change Happen,” a video contest to help support school initiatives in the local communities.

Among the finalists were three local schools. Wadewitz Elementary School was recognized for “The Waddy News Report.” Racine Montessori School’s “After-school Child Care Program” and McKinley Elementary School’s “5th Grade Camping Field Trip” were also finalists.

Winning organizations will receive $1,923, matching the year the bank first opened its doors. Now through Monday, Nov. 12, the public can go online to vote for the organization they best think embodies “Make Change Happen.”

Winners will be announced the week of Nov. 12.

“North Shore Bank was founded by a group of teachers in Shorewood, Wisconsin, and as we honor our 95th anniversary, we wanted to continue to support projects that support education and benefit children in our local communities,” said Susan T. Doyle, North Shore Bank’s senior vice president of retail banking. “As a community minded bank, we have a long relationship and history with schools, and we recognize the need to back efforts that benefit students and encourage lasting life skills for success.”

Entrants had to be school, classroom, academic, arts, athletics, technology and club initiatives that have a positive impact on public or private school students from 4k to 12th grade. To enter, students or teachers had to submit a video no longer than two minutes, explaining why their project deserves $1,923 to benefit children and how the funds will be spent.

Video entries were considered for their creativity, enthusiasm, and passion in petitioning for the donated funds, as well as, the need and degree of merit it possesses for supporting local students.

North Shore Bank, headquartered in Brookfield, has 44 offices throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.