During Financial Literacy Month in April, People’s United Bank partnered with the Stratford Public School District in Connecticut, to provide financial education to elementary school students.
People’s United Bank employees conducted school-wide financial education assemblies at six elementary schools throughout the district, in addition to providing classroom lesson plans. Students in Kindergarten through second grades learned the differences between “needs” and “wants” and received family savings tips. Third- and fourth-grade students learned about earning money and making wise spending choices, while fifth and sixth graders received a lesson on the basics of budgeting.
The Financial Literacy Month activities concluded with a Parent Night. People’s United Bank presented “ABC’s of Money,” which provided parents with tips on how to teach their children about money. Additional topics included saving for college and identity theft. “We truly believe that if you educate the parent, you educate the child,” said Diane Christiano, Career & Technology Education Coordinator for the Stratford Public Schools.
People’s United Bank engages in a variety of financial education activities throughout the year, including classroom field trips. Students from Summit Park Elementary School visited the People’s United Bank branch in Airmont, New York, where they learned about what a bank does and the importance of saving.
“It’s imperative that we teach children at an early age how to be money smart,” said Vincent Santilli, First Vice President Community Relations at People’s United Bank. “Through programs like these, we hope to instill positive financial behaviors and habits that will last a lifetime.”
Congratulations People’s United Bank!