Rockland Trust Expands Annual Reading Makes Cent$ Program, Invites Metro North Schoolchildren to Participate

ROCKLAND, Mass. (June 12, 2013) - Rockland Trust today announced its fifth annual Reading Makes Cent$ program, which will extend to the bank's new MetroNorth communities for the first time, including Arlington, Burlington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Somerville, and Woburn. Reading Makes Cent$, a summer reading initiative to encourage literacy and fiscal responsibility among young people, runs from June 17 through August 31. During the program, students in Rockland Trust's market areas can earn $2.50 in a Rockland Trust savings account for every book they read, up to a maximum of ten books or $25.

"Rockland Trust is thrilled to launch Reading Makes Cent$ for the fifth summer in a row," said Jane Lundquist, Executive Vice President and Director of Retail Delivery and Business Banking and Home Equity Lending. "This program has been successful in not only encouraging children to read during the summer months, but in teaching them the importance of saving money. We're excited to expand the program this year to schoolchildren throughout the MetroNorth area."

All students entering grades 1-8 in the fall of 2013 are eligible to participate in the Reading Makes Cent$ program. Participants and a parent or guardian can stop by any Rockland Trust branch beginning June 17 to enroll in the program, open a savings account, and pick up a Rockland Trust Reading Journal where students are required to outline each book they read. Last year, more than 1,100 area readers participated in the program.

For official rules and eligibility, or to enroll and get a summer reading journal, go to any Rockland Trust branch as of June 17 or visit www.RocklandTrust.com for additional information.

About Rockland Trust Company

With $5.7 billion in assets, Rockland Trust is a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts which provides a wide range of consumer, business, investment, and insurance products and services. Named one of America's "Best Banks" by Forbes for three consecutive years and to the Boston Globe's "Globe 100" list of top-performing companies for the eighth consecutive year, Rockland Trust's network consists of 75 retail branches, 10 commercial lending offices, four investment management, and three residential lending centers throughout Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. To find out why Rockland Trust is the bank "Where Each Relationship Matters®", please visit www.RocklandTrust.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.