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Alliance Bank, Schools Strive to Teach Financial Literacy

Alliance Bank, as well as area teachers, are pushing the importance of financial literacy among middle school and high school students through the Banzai program.

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The Banzai program is an online financial literacy program which has an award-winning curriculum that is used by over 14,000 teachers in the United States.  Alliance Bank, seeing a need to promote financial literacy among area students, decided to sponsor Banzai for local classes, including Roosevelt Middle School Family and Consumer Science (FACS) Teacher Kimberly Okeley’s eighth grade classes.

According to Okeley, the program serves as a way to get RMS students to begin to be cognizant of the amount of money that they spend via checks and credit cards, even though they will not see the money physically leave their hands.

“It takes the kids through checking and savings, and it has credit cards and little jars on the right hand side. So every time the students make a transaction, they can actually see the money and where it’s going. That’s a kind of neat feature for them, because when you’re talking checks and credit cards and savings account registers and check registers, you’re seeing the paper but you’re not actually seeing that money move. So I think that’s a neat feature of the program,” Okeley said.

For the complete story, read Friday’s Herald Journal.

Teachers interested in using the Banzai program can visit or call 888-8-BANZAI.

Banzai interactive courses are fun and FREE. Go ahead.