Town & Country Credit Union Makes Award-Winning Financial Literacy Program Free for Local Classrooms
(February 20, 2016) --Local students are receiving a free class in how to manage their money. Town & Country Credit Union is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make the curriculum available at no charge to students in Fargo, West Fargo, Stanley and Kenmare.
Banzai is an interactive, online program supplemented by printed workbooks which aligns with state curriculum requirements for personal finance education. It has become the largest program of its kind, servicing more than 19,000 teachers and available in all 50 states. Students using the program are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to pay bills and balance a budget--but it’s not always easy. Students must learn to manage unexpected expenses such as parking tickets, interest charges and overdraft fees. The educational program also introduces students to auto loans, bank statements, entertainment costs, savings and more.
Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai, said. "More than ever, it's important that kids develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world, Town & Country Credit Union realizes that and they're doing something about it by sponsoring the program so local schools get it for free."
The mission of Town & Country Credit Union is to build trusted financial relationships through personalized service. “Our employees are encouraged to give back to the communities that we serve by volunteering their time through service clubs, organizations and hundreds of special events throughout the year that benefit our communities. Our sponsorship with Banzai has opened up opportunities for us to provide not only fiscal support for the program, but also our time, industry experience and a variety of credit union resources to help local schools teach personal finance in the classroom,” said Tera Heiser of Town & Country Credit Union.
“Too often students get out of school and they just aren't ready for the financial roller coasters life can give us,” Vandagriff said. “Banzai teaches students to navigate those twists and turns and come out on top. We're excited to work with Town & Country Credit Union to improve financial literacy in local schools.”
Teachers interested in using the Banzai program can visit tccu.teachbanzai.com or call 888-8-BANZAI.