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KORT KENT, Maine –¬† Since the Financial Literacy Partnership between Acadia Federal Credit Union and the University of Maine at Fort Kent kicked off last fall, students and teachers in the St. John Valley have been singing high praises. Over the past few months, Education students from UMFK and representatives from Acadia FCU have visited several second-grade classrooms to introduce the Benny Banks Program.

The Benny Banks Program is one component of the larger Financial Literacy Partnership. Its primary purpose is to involve 2nd grade students in lessons and activities focused on saving money. Specially designed Benny Banks Kits with fun and engaging financial activities were recently developed and created to supplement the recent classroom visits and presentations. The kits contain materials and lesson plans to assist teachers as they educate their students about the importance of financial planning and saving.

In January, George Bragdon, Americorps VISTA Volunteer, and Acadia FCU President/CEO, David Desjardins, braved the snowy roads and cold temperatures to deliver the Benny Banks Kits to elementary schools in the St. John Valley. As they shared and explained the contents of the kits, they were greeted by enthusiastic youngsters, eager teachers and excited administrators. These kits will be kept in each school’s library and be available to all teachers and students in first, second and third grades.

Classroom visits to St. John Valley elementary schools are scheduled all the way through June, which proves that the Benny Banks Program has gained popularity among students, teachers and parents. With Financial Literacy as a hot-button issue around the country, it is great to see local organizations working within the community to educate and prepare our youth.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Kate Dumond

Telephone Number: (207)834-6167

Website: http://

Email: kdumond@acadiafcu.org