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Teach Children to Save Celebrates 20 Years

Apr  28 
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Jeni Pastier  Senior Manager, Financial Education, American Bankers Association Foundation 

Each year, thousands of bankers across the country leave the boardroom and head into the classroom to promote financial literacy through ABA Foundation's Teach Children to Save program.

Created in 1997, the national, banker-driven, financial education campaign includes curriculum and resources for kindergarten through eighth grade that show the importance of saving money and developing smart financial habits. The program demonstrates the valuable partnership between educators and bankers that empowers youth to make savvy savings choices.

Bankers can participate in the annual program throughout the year, though it's anchored by the signature Teach Children to Save Day, held April 28 this year. April is financial literacy month, and we encourage bankers to work with educators to make savings-related presentations April 28. But an alternative day that works best for certain communities is OK too.

This year, we've added special elements to our customary Teach Children to Save resources in celebration of the program's 20th anniversary. We invite those with a passion for financial education to sign the Teach birthday card on our website. Read inspirational messages from others, write your own note and show your commitment to financial education by sharing your birthday message on Twitter and Facebook using #TeachChildrenToSave.

You can even add a social media profile photo filter. All it takes is a few clicks to authorize it on Facebook. Then, if you save the entire profile picture, you can upload it to Twitter. There is also a pre-written post and tweet so you can share the filter. Once you've changed your profile picture, download the 20th celebration party hat coloring sheet. The sheet can be added to your school presentations and community events, or it can be distributed at bank branches.

In addition to the vast array of lesson plans and resources (available in English and Spanish), the foundation's new "Bankers & You" curriculum inspires the next generation to explore a possible career in banking. For the youngest audience, the "Banker – A Community Helper" presentation uses a story to show the ways bankers help people and businesses and are a valuable part of the community.

The new "What It Takes to Be a Banker" lesson lets older elementary school students use collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity to overcome a challenge bankers might encounter at work. Students in middle school will learn about a variety of careers in banking and make connections to their personal interests through the "You Could Be a Banker" presentation, which includes an infographic about jobs in banking.

Thanks to the generous support of the program's national partners: Citi, Fiserv, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo, all Teach Children to Save materials are free to bankers who sign up to participate. Members of the community who are interested in having a banker present to youth can find a local participating bank and financial education resources at our website.