Each week, children flock to the Findley Elementary School gymnasium to learn lessons about saving and spending money. The program, called Findley Counts, lets students at the Des Moines, Iowa, elementary school make deposits, withdrawals, and check balances using “PAWS” – currency earned through good behavior.
“Thank you, John Deere Financial, for providing this experience for our students,” says Barbara Adams, Principal, Findley Elementary School. “Your support helps even our youngest children develop the habit of spending and saving money wisely.”
More than 167 students are participating in the program. So far, they’ve used 72% of PAWS to make purchases in an onsite store staffed by John Deere Financial volunteers. Twenty-eight percent of students; however, have chosen to save their earnings.
Classes tally each student’s PAWS total and one child per class brings balance sheets to the John Deere Financial “bank.” A deposit slip is created and copies are provided to school administrators.
“John Deere Financial is honored to be involved in the Findley Counts program,” says Mike Mack, Group President, John Deere Financial Services, Global Human Resources and Public Affairs. “A key part of our corporate citizenship initiative is education and we cherish the opportunity to help children understand basic financial principles, particularly how to save money.”
John Deere Financial invests in Findley Counts in hopes of preparing tomorrow’s leaders for financial literacy and to tackle financial issues that challenge our global community. John Deere Financial seeks to make central Iowa a better place by supporting organizations such as the United Way, Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, Meals from the Heartland, Everybody Wins! Iowa, and numerous other volunteer opportunities.
Congratulations John Deere Financial!