Originally posted on www.tennessean.com
The Credit Union for Robertson County is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make curriculum available completely free to Robertson County schools as well as to Sumner and Cheatham county schools, within the credit union’s 25-mile membership eligibility area.
“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 The Credit Union for Robertson County 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 The Credit Union for Robertson County realizes that and they’re doing something about it.”
Banzai is an interactive, online program supplemented by printed workbooks which aligns with state curriculum requirements for personal finance education. It has become the largest program of its kind, servicing more than 25,000 teachers and available in all 50 states.
The Credit Union for Robertson County 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.
“Too often students get out of school and they just aren’t ready for the financial roller coasters life can give us,” Vandagriff said. “Banzai teaches students to navigate those twists and turns and come out on top. We’re excited to work with The Credit Union for Robertson County to improve financial literacy in local schools.”
Teachers interested in using the Banzai program can visit tcurc.teachbanzai.com or call 888-8-BANZAI.