Volunteers Teach Kids to Save Money

Volunteer Erin Jones, from the Investment Centre in DeForest, teaches 3rd graders about saving money.

Local Chamber volunteers recently visited 3rd grade classrooms throughout the school district to talk about the importance of saving money. The activity is done each year for elementary school children as part of the “National Teach Children to Save Day,” sponsored by the American Bankers Association.

Seven Chamber members visited 3rd grade classrooms on April 12 and 13:  Steve Strobel, Town Planner; Renee Olson, DMB Community Bank; Lauren Popelar, Walgreens; Lisa Beck, DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce; Erin Jones, Investment Centre; Rosemary Denman, State Bank of Cross Plains; Debbie Brewster, DeForest Area School District.

The ABA Education Foundation established National Teach Children to Save Day to spotlight the importance of teaching our nation’s youth about saving money.  This event occurs every April when business people make presentations to students about budgeting, saving, recognizing needs and wants and how interest makes money grow.

Locally the event is sponsored by the Chamber’s Education Committee, as part of their commitment to improving the financial literacy of students in the DeForest Area School District.

The committee’s next financial literacy activity, Over 60 Chamber and community volunteers will be participating in the committee’s next project, Reality Day for high school seniors, on May 25.

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