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Evergreen Federal Bank Sponsors Free Financial Literacy Program

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Evergreen Federal Bank in Rogue River is giving students the chance to learn about finances through real-world practice. The bank is offering its “Bonzai” program for free to 36 community schools.

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Grants Pass High School Teacher Jann Taylor said she used the program in a class of seniors last year.

“I think it’s about as real-life as you can get, it engages kids in a way that it’s almost like it’s a game of can they successfully balance a budget or not,” Taylor said.

The program is designed to put students in adult financial dilemmas to get them ready for the real world.

Taylor said she was looking for a fun curriculum she could use to teach her students about finances when she found the program.

“I thought it did a really great job in teaching them how to manage money, how to set up a budget, how to understand credit cards and different things about renting an apartment. It just gave a tremendous amount of real-life scenarios and situations and it taught it in a very fun and engaging way,” Taylor said.

She said many of her students enjoyed the program so much they went on to take the advanced version.

Banzai interactive courses are fun and FREE. Go ahead.