Reading.  Many consider it a pastime or hobby.  It is also the gateway to a world of knowledge, but the facts on illiteracy in America may surprise you.  The U.S. Department of Education states that approximately 44 million American adults cannot read, and 50 million adults are unable to read at higher than 4th or 5th grade level.  This statistic is staggering; but the fact is, literacy is a learned skill.  Illiteracy is passed down through generations.

Peapack-Gladstone Bank feels we all have a role to play ensuring those who need or wish to improve literacy skills have the opportunity to succeed not only in school, but in life. To provide support for children, teens and adults within our communities, Peapack-Gladstone Bank recently sponsored a Reading Matters Book Drive in conjunction with the United Way of Northern New Jersey. Bank employees and clients donated new and gently used books at their headquarters and bank locations to provide for local needy individuals and organizations.  The response was phenomenal as books and support poured in from throughout the area. To those that contributed, thank you for your generosity. The great success of this book drive was attributed to the efforts of those who have made a difference in our communities – one book at a time!

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Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation is a bank holding company with total assets of $1.64 billion as of March 31, 2013.  Established in 1921, Peapack-Gladstone Bank is a commercial bank that offers a full range of quality banking products and services to businesses and consumers through its New Jersey locations, an online branch, a wealth management division and its new subsidiary, PGB Trust & Investments of Delaware.  For additional information about Peapack-Gladstone Bank or to open an account online, visit www.pgbank.com or call 908-234-0700.  Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.