Chamber members talk “savings” with students

Erin Jones from the Investment Centre in DeForest with 3rd grade students at Eagle Point Elementary School
Erin Jones from the Investment Centre in DeForest with 3rd grade students at Eagle Point Elementary School

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.

Chamber members who visited 3rd grade classrooms this year on April 23 were: Matt Kimmes, Kollege Town; Rhonda Gilbertson, DMB Community Bank; Lisa Beck, DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Erin Jones, Investment Centre; Trisha Rodekamp, Settlers bank; Diane Pertzborn and Cathey LaHaye from the DeForest Area School District Business Office; and Debbie Brewster, School/Community Relations Coordinator for DASD.

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.

Over 60 Chamber and community volunteers will also be participating in the committee’s next financial literacy project, Reality Day for high school seniors, on May 22.

Trisha Thompson from Settlers bank at Windsor Elementary School
Trisha Thompson from Settlers bank at Windsor Elementary School
Rhonda Gilbertson from DMB Community Bank with 3rd grade students at Yahara Elementary School
Rhonda Gilbertson from DMB Community Bank with 3rd grade students at Yahara Elementary School

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