Judy Long

Judy Long

Learning financial literacy is a key part to being a responsible, money-conscious adult. That’s why First Citizens National Bank is helping Williamson County Schools students get a head start on learning everything they need to know.

First Citizens National Bank is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to offer students a free education on financial literacy. In Williamson County, the program is already offered at more than 30 schools, both public and private and at the elementary, middle and high school level, and across Tennessee, students in 102 schools across nine counties are already utilizing it.

“We recognize the importance of educating young people on making smart financial decisions,” FCNB President and COO Judy Long says. “More than ever, it is crucial for kids to develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world, which is why we devote a considerable amount of time and energy into our financial education partnership with Banzai.”

Banzai’s services are interactive and online, meaning students can complete the lessons from the comfort of their home or anywhere else, and it aligns with Tennessee state curriculum requirements for personal finance education. It’s the largest program of its kind in the U.S., with more than 60,000 teachers nationwide already teaching it.

Teachers can follow along with students’ progress through the program’s workbooks online. Students are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to manage unexpected expenses, what interest charges and overdraft fees are, and introduces them to auto loans, bank statements, entertainment costs, savings and more.

The curriculum focuses on five main areas: budgeting, borrowing, saving, spending and setting goals. The workbooks are broken down into three age groups, the Junior course for students aged 8-12, Teen course for students 13-18 and Plus course for those 16 and older.

Teachers can create a classroom for free at www.firstcnb.teachbanzai.com. After creating the class, they receive a class code that students use to get into the classroom online.

Parents of students or teachers who are interested in the Banzai program should visit www.firstcnb.teachbanzai.com or call 888-822-6924 for more information.

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