Originally posted in the Willard Times-Junction
Sutton Bank stepped up to make partial or full remote learning in the wake of COVID-19 easier.
Thanks to their sponsorship, over 980 students and teachers at 7 schools in Seneca and other local counties will have free access to Banzai. Banzai is an award-winning online financial literacy program and content library of articles, calculators, and personalizable Coaches. All of these resources are available to students at home or in the classroom via any device that can access the internet.
“Banzai is a web- based financial literacy program. Kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life,” says Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai. “But because Sutton Bank 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 Sutton Bank realizes that and they’re doing something about it.”
Banzai content builds a foundation of practical knowledge and gives students the tools to create a sound financial future. While students learn, teachers can easily monitor and grade their progress remotely. After finishing Banzai, students will know how to track where their money is and what it’s for, recognize financial trade-offs, build a budget, and more. At a time when many are facing unprecedented financial challenges, these lessons are invaluable.
For 4 years, Sutton Bank has worked with Banzai to build financial literacy in their communities by investing time, money, industry experience, and a variety of bank resources. According to Rhonda Martin, Sutton Bank Marketing Officer “Money is an integrated aspect of our lives. It’s so important that the current generation of young people grow up to be consumers capable of making responsible financial choices that pave the way to a healthy financial future for themselves and society as a whole. We feel a responsibility to our communities and our schools to assist in providing that practical knowledge.”
Banzai resources are used by over 72,000 teachers across the U.S. The courses align with Ohio’s state curriculum requirements, making the program a fun way for students to gain vital financial literacy skills.
Teachers interested in using the Banzai program with their class can call 888-8-BANZAI.