Originally posted on custercountychronicle.com
Sentinel Federal Credit Union is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make curriculum available to 10 schools within Custer, Rapid City, Box Elder, Hill City, and Winner completely free.
“Banzai is a web-based financial literacy program. Kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life,” Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai, said. “But because Sentinel Federal Credit Union is sponsoring it, local schools get it for free. More than ever, it’s important that kids develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world, and Sentinel Federal Credit Union realizes that and they’re doing something about it.”
Sentinel Federal Credit Union has offered time, money, industry experience, and a variety of credit union resources to help local schools teach personal finance in the classroom. 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.
Teachers interested in using the Banzai program can visit sentinelfcu.teachbanzai.com or call 888-8-BANZAI.