Paragon Displays Art from Bodine School Students to Support Dyslexia Awareness Month

Paragon Bank is displaying artwork from Bodine School students in the lobby of its Saddle Creek Banking Center (7600 Poplar Avenue) throughout the month of October, which is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Bodine School endeavors to help children with dyslexia read and succeed.

“At Paragon, we take great pride in our community and love having the opportunity to partner with different schools by displaying their artwork,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “This month, we’re excited to have art from students at Bodine School showcase their talents and raise awareness for dyslexia.”

Paragon worked with Bodine School art teacher Lori Wakefield to coordinate the exhibit. The art, created by 17 students in the second through fifth grades, features Native American pictographs and will be on display for the community to view until October 31.

Student artists include Rob Gallina and Makayla Williams in second grade; Mya DeSouza, Levi Dorsey, Adrianna Libby, Brooks May, Taylor Pendleton, Lola Pera, Ciara Sernel and Virginia Unglesby in third grade; Will French, Lane McCranie, Jared Morris, Henry Shackleford, Merrick Shumaker and Grayson Simonton in fourth grade; and Mary Wilkes Dunavant in fifth grade.

About Bodine School

Based in Germantown, Tennessee, Bodine School provides an independent, educational experience that allows the dyslexic mind to thrive through a challenging and thought-provoking curriculum. The school’s mission is to lead the Mid-South in teaching children with dyslexia to read and succeed. For more information, visit



Paragon Bank Hosts Artwork from Memphis Oral School for the Deaf

Paragon Bank is currently displaying artwork from Memphis Oral School for the Deaf students in the lobby of its Saddle Creek Banking Center (7600 Poplar Avenue). The art will be showcased throughout the month of August. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to kick off another school year and to partner, once again, with the team at Memphis Oral School for the Deaf,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “Having the opportunity to view such inspirational artwork every day brings joy to both our employees and customers.”

Paragon worked with Ginger Ragan, Development Associate at Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, to coordinate the display. The artwork that features paintings of butterflies was inspired by the school’s tradition of releasing the colorful insects during the graduation ceremony. The butterflies symbolize each student’s progress throughout their time at the school.

The artwork was created by Lizzie Gray, Jordan Johnson, Collins Kellum, Keith Nelson, Haley Newman, Martin Wade and Joseph Wright.

About Memphis Oral School for the Deaf

Located in Germantown for more than 50 years, the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf works to empower deaf children all over the Mid-South to listen, learn and talk. Instead of sign language, the school uses speech and language therapies and audiological services in conjunction with preschool classes to help profoundly deaf and hard-of-hearing children. These techniques help children, ages birth to six, develop the necessary listening and spoken language skills to be a part of a world of sound. For more information, visit



Paragon Showcases Artwork from Madonna Learning Center

Paragon Bank is displaying artwork from Madonna Learning Center students in the lobby of its Saddle Creek Banking Center (7600 Poplar Avenue) throughout the month of May. The exhibit is free and open for the public to come and enjoy.

“We are honored to host these wonderful pieces of art to support the brilliant work of those who attend the Madonna Learning Center,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “Not only is it a treat for our customers to see the artwork when they come in, but it puts a smile on our employees’ faces every day they come to work.”

Paragon worked with Madonna Learning Center Visual Arts Instructor Anne Froning to gather the pieces and coordinate the exhibit. Pamela VanGilder serves as the After School Arts Program Director for the school.

Student artists include Heather Barrella, Sam Bryant, Eason Crone, Brittany Haase, Rachel Krug, Elisabeth Ann Neel, Allexis Parker, Adrian Salem, Shelby Stewart, Linsey Strawn, Ethan Thomas, Sarah VanGilder and Caroline Williamson. Additional earthenware ceramic clay pieces include the following: Small Colorful Fish by Rachel Krug, Blue Fish Plate by Shelby Stewart and Central BBQ Nachos by Linsey Strawn.

About Madonna Learning Center

Founded in 1969, Madonna Learning Center is a private, independent and faith-based school for children and young adults with disabilities. The school is committed to the belief that children and young adults, regardless of their disability, can succeed and build vital academic, social and work-related foundations. Approximately 58 children and young adults ages 5 to 30 years old are enrolled annually. For more information, call (901) 752-5767 or visit 


Paragon Displays St. Louis Catholic School Student Artwork in Its Saddle Creek Location

Paragon Bank is hosting artwork by elementary and junior high students from St. Louis Catholic School throughout April in its Saddle Creek banking center (7600 Poplar Avenue). The bank worked with St. Louis Catholic School art teacher Robin Durden to display pieces by 13 fourth grade students and 11 junior high students.

“We are always inspired by the talent of these young students, and it’s a pleasure for our employees and customers to view their great work,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “We have enjoyed working with St. Louis School for many years, and we continually look forward to the annual showcase.”

This year, the art pieces are separated into two different categories, one for fourth grade students and the other for junior high students. The fourth grade students recently learned about Georgia O’Keeffe and her flower paintings. They primarily drew iris flowers and completed the pictures with a watercolor background after studying how to mix colors using oil pastels. Junior high students gained inspiration from the art movement known as Fauve, created and named by Henri Matisse in the early 20th century. They used this knowledge to depict landscapes using simple shapes, complementary colors and contrasting warm and cool colors.

The artwork was created by Will Brownlee, Finley Carney, Savannah Cook, Lindsey Crossnine, Anne Grimes, Mckinley Kee, McKenzie Patterson, Ellie Reynolds, Katie Skinner, Mia Sofker, Ava Trainor, Anna Kate Wade and Cooper Williams in fourth grade; and Karen Benedict, Allison Bryant, Graciela Cabrero, Catie Grusin, Claire John, Gracie Kitchens, Jackson Lyons, Hughes Raiford, Brittain Ross, Layton Scarbrough and Geno Spiotta in junior high.

About St. Louis Catholic School

With more than 50 years of academic excellence and faith-based teaching, St. Louis Catholic School has served the community tirelessly. Beginning as a neighborhood parish school, St. Louis has been grounded in the community from its inception in 1957. Nearly 58 years later, St. Louis is one of the premier parish elementary schools in Memphis. For more information on St. Louis Catholic School, contact Melinda Bryant at (901) 255-1900 or