Wayne Savings helping schools promote financial literacy

Wayne Savings helping schools promote financial literacy

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Wayne Savings Community Bank has stepped up to make partial or full remote learning in the wake of COVID-19 easier. Thanks to its sponsorship, over 3,480 students and teachers at eight schools in Wayne County have free access to Banzai, a financial-literacy program.

Banzai is an award-winning online program with a content library of articles, calculators and personalizable coaches. All of these resources are available to students at home or in the classroom via any device that can access the internet.

"Banzai is a web-based financial-literacy program. Kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life," said Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai. "But because Wayne Savings Community Bank is sponsoring it, local schools get it for free. More than ever, it's important that kids develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world, and Wayne Savings Community Bank realizes that and they're doing something about it."

Banzai content builds a foundation of practical knowledge and gives students the tools to create a sound financial future. While students learn, teachers can easily monitor and grade their progress remotely. After finishing Banzai, students will know how to track where their money is and what it’s for, recognize financial trade-offs, build a budget and more. At a time when many are facing unprecedented financial challenges, these lessons are invaluable.

The Banzai resources are available at www.waynesavings.teachbanzai.com. Since 2015 Wayne Savings Community Bank has worked with Banzai to build financial literacy in the Wayne County community by investing time, money, industry experience and a variety of bank resources. Beyond the Banzai library, Wayne Savings Community Bank also offers virtual or in-classroom presentations from local experts on timely topics.

Banzai resources are used by over 80,000 teachers across the U.S. The courses align with Ohio’s state curriculum requirements. Teachers interested in using the Banzai program with their class can visit www.waynesavings.teachbanzai.com or call 888-8-BANZAI. For more information about Banzai, visit www.teachbanzai.com.

The schools currently in the program include Wooster, Norwayne, Rittman and Northwestern high schools; Edgewood, Green and Rittman middle schools; and Rittman Elementary.