Banks Elementary honors graduates of financial education program

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The First National Bank and educators from Banks Elementary School recognized over 42 graduates from the Everfi Vault Program, a web-based financial education course designed to provide students with the critical knowledge and skills needed to make smart financial decisions.

The students received certificates Tuesday for their outstanding work and completion of the program. The graduates were from the classes of Mrs. Phyllis Jackson and Mrs. Kristi Reeves

“We are proud to bring this crucial education into classrooms across the area that serves our customers,” said Chris McVay, manager of FNB’s Troy branch. “The First National Bank is committed to providing students with the tools needed to confidently navigate the increasingly complex financial world we live in.”

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Administered by teachers in a classroom setting, the online course features an interactive, new-media learning platform specifically designed to introduce financial literacy skills early in a child’s development. The 2.5‐hour curriculum aligns with both state and national standards, and includes topics such as saving, budgeting, responsibility and decision- making, credit and debt, careers, income, charity, and more.

“As educators, our goal is to prepare our students for successful futures,” Jackson said.

“The Vault program provides a solid financial foundation that will allow our students to set

goals, work towards their aspirations and reach their full potential as productive members of society.”

“By partnering with the wonderful teachers whose passion is to enrich the lives of their students, the Vault Program helps young students gain critical financial skills,” said EverFi Founder and CEO Tom Davidson. “We are striving to create a world with fewer bankruptcies, fewer people defaulting on their student loans, and more people who feel in control of their financial future. Through First National Bank’s investment in these students, we are one step closer.”

FNB has partnered with EverFi, Inc., to bring this interactive, web-based financial education program to over 11 schools across Pike, Coffee and Dale counties at no cost to the schools or the taxpayer. Since the program’s inception in 2014, the program has reached over 491 students.