Monthly Archives: April 2016


Partnership teaches students financial literacy

Video link originally posted on Some local students are getting a hands-on lesson in financial literacy to better prepare them for adulthood. They’re doing it thanks to the help of a local bank. Ann Morrow is introducing her seventh-grade students at Lafayette’s Central Catholic High School to a lesson they’ll eventually be using every day of their lives. “They’re learning about financial literacy. It’s [...]

By |2017-01-25T20:06:48+00:00April 29th, 2016|Tags: |

Central Wisconsin students become savvy savers

Originally posted on MARSHFIELD - When 14-year-old Cassidy Kolstad wanted new soccer cleats, she thought her bedroom savings stash would cover buying the shoes. "I looked online and found out these cleats cost $350," she said. "There was no way I had that much saved." Crestfallen, the Marshfield Middle School student found a cheaper alternative for $50. Her mother, Kimberly Kolstad, helped her shop online and at local stores where the duo [...]

By |2018-10-24T19:03:57+00:00April 29th, 2016|Tags: , |

Students learn about financial literacy with help from software, credit union

Originally posted on Area students are learning about the importance of making smart financial decisions during April, which is National Financial Literacy Month. Representatives from Town and Country Credit Union, which has a branch in West Fargo, visit local schools to explain the complicated world of finances. The credit union uses Banzai financial literacy software to get students to better understand their financial choices. [...]

By |2017-01-25T20:09:36+00:00April 26th, 2016|Tags: |

Polk learns lessons during Financial Literacy Month

Originally posted on WINTER HAVEN — A current monthlong initiative is designed to combat the notion that many Americans’ eyes glaze over when they hear financial terms such as “risk diversification” and “interest compounding.” April is Financial Literacy Month in the United States, and several Polk organizations have committed to helping the uninitiated understand how money works. Banzai, a financial literacy software program, has [...]

By |2018-10-24T19:03:58+00:00April 24th, 2016|Tags: |

Banzai program teaches students financial literacy

Originally posted on Students looking toward the future after graduation should remember to learn about finances. One program working to help students do this is the Banzai program. The online program teaches financial literacy to high school students in addition to their normal curriculum. It uses real life simulations to demonstrate the complexity of paying bills, everyday expenses and saving money in an approachable [...]

By |2018-10-24T19:03:58+00:00April 21st, 2016|Tags: |

Banzai excites students at Ramstad

Originally posted on The students at Erik Ramstad Middle School have money on their minds, and Banzai on their computers. "Banzai is pretty awesome," seventh-grader Nick Schumann said of the educational computer game. "It teaches you how to save and spend your money." Exciting and interactive, Banzai is a software program that is raising financial literacy, and helps students learn the value of a [...]

By |2017-01-25T20:18:31+00:00April 14th, 2016|Tags: |

Banzai teaches students virtual real life

Originally posted on Hundreds of middle school and high school students are getting a taste of the financial responsibilities and decisions that come with adulthood, even before they reach adult age. Banzai, an interactive online program that aligns with state curriculum requirements for personal finance education, offers them this opportunity. It does so by opening up a virtual window through which 13- to 18-year-olds [...]

By |2018-10-24T19:03:58+00:00April 8th, 2016|Tags: |

FHS teacher uses real-world scenarios in financial classes

Origianlly posted on With Consumer Education being a required class before graduation, Fulton High School teacher Jeff Hoese has enjoyed implementing LIFE scenarios booklets that are presented by Banzai and funded by Ascentra Credit Union. There is no cost to the school, children or teachers for these booklets. There is a 25-question pre-test, with students answering questions to see what they know about banking, [...]

By |2018-10-24T19:03:58+00:00April 7th, 2016|Tags: |