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150 Students Learn About Financial Literacy at Searfoss Elementary School

 Saturday, May 31, 2014

When Carrie Almendinger, Senior VP, Controller at Heartland Bank and Johnstown’s Searfoss Elementary School fourth grade teacher Jenny Cartwright got together in the spring of 2013, they laid plans to begin a financial literacy partnership that continues on today.

The Johnstown-Monroe School District needed to prepare for curriculum alignment with the newly adopted State of Ohio Common Core Standards for Social Studies. Carrie and the staff at the Johnstown branch were instrumental in developing a well-defined financial literacy plan for the district’s fourth graders.

Last spring, Branch Manager Randy Kelly and Assistant Manager Tanya Bennett taught five sessions explaining basic financial vocabulary terms, how to distinguish between a want and a need, and how to plan and implement a basic budget. They also taught the students about currency and its production as well as career opportunities within the banking environment.

This spring found four different bank employees teaching a total of seven classes of fourth graders. Thanks to VP Business Development Officer Donna Holycross, Marketing/HR Administrator Jonathan Heberline and AO, Consumer Loan Officer Vaughn Ellis for helping the Johnstown students learn more about money! Each student received a certificate of completion and a Heartland Bank piggy bank to help them start saving right away!

Following the completion of the series of classes, the students took a field trip to Johnstown’s Heartland Bank office at 730 West Coshocton Street. The students were most interested in taking a peek inside the vault and were shocked to learn that money is kept in safety-deposit like boxes, instead of stacked in piles on the floor!

Congratulations to the 150 students that completed the course this year! Heartland Bank is proud to work with students and parents alike in communities like Johnstown all around central Ohio.

Let us help you learn about the ABCs of financial success! Stop by one of our 11 central Ohio locations today where one of our knowledgeable bankers can teach you why Heartland Bank really is “Where Banking Feels Good.”

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