Oakland Press

Bank of America employee volunteer Charles Tate teaches Pontiac sixth graders about financials.

Bank of America employee volunteer Charles Tate teaches Pontiac sixth graders about financials.

Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan and Bank of America employee volunteers offered financial education curriculum to students at Pontiac Middle School during Financial Literacy Month.

Each volunteer taught a classroom of sixth graders how to make smart financial choices, the importance of saving money and career planning.

Nelson Henry, associate principal at Pontiac Middle School, said teaching kids at a young age about financial education is essential.

“Our hope is that students get a better understanding of how money is really a tool and not a toy, and that you should and can save money instead of spending it all.”

Tiffany Douglas, Bank of America Market Executive in Michigan, said, “The students in Pontiac and around the state who learn and practice this curriculum will have the tools to make sound financial decisions as adults.”

Tarik Lester, programs coordinator for Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, said the organization has a long-standing relationship with Bank of America. He said the partnership will help them be able to expand the program to seventh and eighth-graders in future years.

“JA’s mission is to prepare young people to succeed. We operate on three pillars — financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness skills,” Lester said. “We’re thankful for partners like Bank of America, supporting education that helps young people understand how money works will serve them for a lifetime.”

-Monica Drake, MediaNewsGroup

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