Fortifying a Financial Foundation: Congratulations to Our First Graduating Class
Dennis Wright, regional president for UMB Bank in Dallas, recently visited with fifth-graders at Edwin J. Kiest Elementary School in Texas to congratulate them for being among the first graduates of UMB Financial You.
At UMB Bank, we recognize that developing a child’s financial foundation impacts their future success. Learning the basics of money management and saving at a young age sets students up for a lifetime of stability. That’s why we are happy to work with EverFi‡ to bring UMB Financial You, a fun financial education program, to school districts in underserved communities across the UMB Bank footprint.
During the 2018-2019 school year, UMB piloted UMB Financial You in 12 schools across Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. I, along with some UMB colleagues, had the opportunity to help celebrate the first graduating class from the Texas region. We’d like to congratulate the entire fifth-grade class at Edwin J. Kiest Elementary School in Dallas, Texas which completed the semester-long UMB Financial You program.
The EverFi program uses technology and gamification to help students connect the dots between what they learn in the classroom to real world examples. The goal is to lay a solid foundation that students can build upon to achieve financial independence down the road.
It was an honor to get to attend the graduation ceremony for the 110 students who successfully completed UMB Financial You and who now have the skills they need to build good spending habits and to achieve their future financial goals. Following graduation, we answered students’ questions and talked about what it is like to have a career in banking.
UMB Bank is dedicated to giving back to the communities we serve across our entire footprint. We are focused on the future and investing in our youth to make a lifelong impact. One day these fifth-graders will be in the workforce and we want them to feel confident and prepared to manage their finances.
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