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Bank, library partner to help local kids learn about saving

Bank, library partner to help local kids learn about saving

By Lindsay Starr Platt

More than 100 children attended the first session of the “Price is Right” program at Stewart C. Meyer Public Library on Wednesday morning. In the style of the long-running television program, children had the chance to be contestants and of course spin the wheel and guess the right price. The themed program put on, in part with a local bank helped children learn about money and saving.
“Last year we partnered with the library in a financial themed program called “Money Money”. The game show styled event today gives an idea about spending and saving,” said Amanda Stephens, Vice President, Community Engagement, First National Bank Killeen. “This teaches kids perspective and to think about what an item costs. This is a great learning lesson for the kids about budgeting and saving.”
Familiar merchandise was presented to the children and they had to guess to correct price to proceed in the game. A Hula Hoop was held up to the crowd and the correct price to be guessed was $8.00. Contestants had a chance to spin the wheel and could win up to a $1.00.
“I liked this event we got to get prizes by playing games.” Said Stevie Vaughn, age 9, Harker Heights resident. “I had fun putting money in the bank.”
Another popular game was a “plinko” and the slot the ball landed in reveled the prize they would receive. Soon the children’s hands were full of money and prizes.
“I am really excited about the emphasis on savings that was taught to the kids,” said Chery Lyn Sandbakken, board member, Library Board. “The kids were really engaged.”
First National Bank Killeen was on hand to show children how to save their money by depositing it into the bank. Bank employees had deposit slips ready and showed the children how to fill them up. They could use the saved money toward prizes.
“Very excited about this event. We had a good partnership with First National Bank Killeen, Chick-fil-A, and Friends of the Library. Our parks and rec department helped us set up the games,” said Lisa Youngblood, Director, Stewart C. Meyer Public Library, City of Harker Heights. “The kids were given $5.00 in “funny money” to spend and to learn about money and budgeting. Some of these kids really had no idea what things cost.”
“It was a way for children to learn prices and how to budget for everyday items,” said Yulandus Vaughn, Harker Heights resident. “It was fun and easy.”
Some children attended as part of daycares and other groups that were using the outing as an enrichment to their learning programs. One childcare worker said that children know what money is and now they will know what it is about.
“Kids are wonderful whenever they get excited about saving. It is great to see their reaction of what they can get if they save,” said Elizabeth McDaniel, marketing manager, First National Bank Killeen.
“It is fun! The games were exciting. I was able to get a book, keychain and a crown,” said Rebecca Mack, age 11, Harker Heights resident.
Of course, a library program is about reading and books. So one of the most popular prizes was a long table full of books that could be purchased with money that was won.
“It was awesome and everything was free with the free play money. We got to win Chick-fil-A gift cards and other stuff,” said Isabella Mosqueda, age 10, Harker Heights resident. “Harker Heights Library is awesome.”
“We had a lot of fun. This is our second year coming here as part of their money-saving program,” said Erika Villareal, marketing manager, Chick-fil-A, Harker Heights.
“I got to learn the value of money,” said Kathryn Eawthorne, age 14, Harker Heights resident.


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