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Sandy Spring Bank Empowers Local Students to Make Informed Financial Decisions Through Innovative Web-Based Program

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SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 14, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sandy Spring Bank today celebrated the second year of an initiative to bring financial literacy education to high school students in Montgomery County Public Schools by providing them with access to the EverFi-Financial LiteracyTM platform. This web-based platform uses the latest in new media technologies – video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars, and social networking – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today's digital generation. Representatives from Sandy Spring Bank, Montgomery County Public Schools, and EverFi joined students and faculty of James Hubert Blake High School to celebrate this initiative. Through the high school platform, MCPS students become certified in over 600 topics in financial education, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens. Sandy Spring Bank has partnered with EverFi, Inc. to bring the interactive financial management program to these students at no cost to the schools.

"Financial Literacy is a very valuable skill that our students need to obtain before they go out into the world," states Cindy Gleason, Career Support Program teacher at James Hubert Blake High School. "Through the use of EverFi the students at Blake High School are able to actively participate on the computer to learn and reinforce their financial literacy skills in several areas from banking and credit to taxes, mortgages and 401(k)s. Since the program is self-paced, the students work at a pace that is comfortable to them and are able to go back and review materials they have not mastered. Our students really enjoy interacting with the games and simulations to test their competence."

The 10-unit course offers 6 hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401(k)s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and score of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.

"Sandy Spring Bank has a 25 year history of participating in financial literacy efforts by teaching both adults and children the importance of establishing healthy financial habits," states Daniel J. Schrider, President and Chief Executive Officer. "As a company, we are committed to enhancing lives in the communities we serve, and providing financial literacy programs is one way we can help our neighbors to live prosperously."

About Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:SASR) /Sandy Spring Bank

With $3.9 billion in assets, Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Sandy Spring Bank and its principal subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Insurance Corporation and West Financial Services, Inc. Sandy Spring Bancorp is the largest publicly traded banking company headquartered and operating in Maryland. Sandy Spring is a community banking organization that focuses its lending and other services on businesses and consumers in the local market area. Independent and community-oriented, Sandy Spring Bank was founded in 1868 and offers a broad range of commercial banking, retail banking and trust services through 49 community offices in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. Through its subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Bank also offers a comprehensive menu of insurance and investment management services. Visit www.sandyspringbank.com for more information about Sandy Spring Bank.

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About EverFi

EverFi is the leading education technology platform company to teach, assess, and certify students in critical skills including Financial Literacy, Student Loan Management, Digital Citizenship, and Health and Wellness. The company is already powering a national movement in 50 states that enables students to learn using the latest technology, including rich media, gaming, high-definition video, and simulations. EverFi teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to schools. To date, more than 4 million students have completed EverFi learning platforms. Learn more at www.everfi.com.

About James Hubert Blake High School

Blake High School is a comprehensive high school with a Signature Program in the Arts and Humanities. The school strives to show the interconnectedness among disciplines of learning and to promote an understanding of values through the humanities and human expression through the arts. The Blake High School community appreciates diverse learning styles and encourages students to take appropriate academic, creative, and intellectual risks. The use of technology facilitates learning and connects Blake students to a global society. Partnerships with the community play an essential role in helping students make connections between school and the "real world". The school strives to ensure that students leave Blake prepared to enrich, improve, and make a meaningful contribution to the world.

CONTACT: Mandy Walsh 301-774-6400 x3614 awalsh@sandyspringbank.com

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