In celebration of ‘Talk With Our Kids About Money Day’ and Money Smart Week, employees from across the BMO Harris Bank helped start conversations about money with kids by participating in special financial literacy events across the U.S.
Powered by BMO and in partnership with the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, ‘Talk With Our Kids About Money’ is a free program for students, teachers and parents which provides fun and easy educational resources to help improve children’s knowledge of how money works.
As a special showcase event, 24 student teams from Chicago area schools visited the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on April 27 to participate in a Money Fair competition. Before the fair, students selected a money-related topic of interest and produced a creative display to showcase their research. Fellow students, teachers, parents and community members were able to talk with the students about the presentations, while judges selected a winner.
“We understand the importance of building a strong financial foundation for kids – because money savvy kids become money savvy adults,” said Chris Begy, U.S. Country Head and CEO, BMO Financial Corp. “We are proud that our ‘Talk With Our Kids About Money’ program gives parents and educators the resources to help kids gain the tools needed to make responsible financial decisions throughout their lives.”
In addition to the Money Fair in Chicago, BMO Harris employee volunteers in Chicago, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Indianapolis and Seattle visited schools to talk with kids about money, leading them in interactive financial discussions that included skits and fun giveaways.
Congratulations BMO Harris Bank!