April events promote financial literacy statewide

(Madison) April 12, 2019 is National Teach Children to Save Day, and Wisconsin bankers are joining in the effort to promote positive financial habits to consumers. To support the Teach Children to Save Day campaign, banks have sponsored financial literacy events throughout the month of April geared towards the state's youth. Through the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation, the Wisconsin Bankers Association supports these efforts and provides tools for bankers to use during their events.

"Educating the next generation of homebuyers, business owners, and community leaders about money is an important aspect of being a banker," said Rose Oswald Poels, president/CEO of the Wisconsin Bankers Association and Chair of the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation Board of Directors. "It is important to recognize the efforts of bank staff to instruct these young consumers about the importance of financial literacy."

One popular way volunteer bankers participate in Teach Children to Save Day is by conducting classroom presentations at local schools and libraries. Many of them use a tool distributed by the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation, the Reading Raises Interest Kits. The kits contain everything volunteer bankers need to craft an engaging, educational presentation for a young audience. This year, the kits were made possible in part by generous contributions from the banks who will use the kits to teach Wisconsin's young people the importance of good saving and spending habits.

If you would like to connect with a bank in your area for a story about financial literacy, please contact WBA's Eric Skrum at 608-441-1216.