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Arvest sends 32 bankers to the classroom


TULSA, OK – On Thursday, April 19, as part of Financial Literacy and Teach Children to Save Program, 32 Arvest Bank employees from the Tulsa locations will be out of the bank and in the classroom teaching students the importance of saving money. With Americans spending more and saving less, young people don't often learn the importance of saving.


These 32 Arvest Bank employees, the most bankers signed up to present from a single bank in Oklahoma, will be spending the day at Columbus Elementary (10620 E. 27th St.) presenting 20 savings lessons to nearly 500 students in kindergarten through 5th Grade.


"Arvest Bank has always enjoyed being involved in projects around the community but the Teach Children to Save Program is different,” said Mary Barnes, executive assistant at Arvest Bank. “Arvest had to turn employees away this year. Our day with our adopted school, Columbus Elementary, has become a highlight for all. Everyone looks forward to the event and Arvest's goal is to communicate smart banking habits to our students.”


“We are very impressed with Arvest Bank for their commitment to get 32 bankers in the classroom for a day of lessons on learning to save money now, not later,” said Margo Ward, AVP of Member and Public Relations at the Oklahoma Bankers Association.


“Bankers have a long history of community service, but financial education is particularly rewarding because it's a perfect match between our skills and the needs of our community,” said Roger Beverage, Oklahoma Bankers Association President and CEO. 


Teach Children to Save presentations include games and activities about the concept of saving, how interest makes money grow, how to budget and determining needs and wants.  Since Teach Children to Save began in 1997, more than 30,000 bankers have taught money skills to nearly 2 million students.


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