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Students get cents-ible about money

February 25, 2008|By JANET HEIM

First-graders at Lincolnshire Elementary School had no trouble coming up with items for their savings wish list. As their hands went up, items such as a Wii game system, DS system, vacation in Ocean City, Md., and pet animals topped the list.

The question of what they would purchase after saving a significant amount of money was posed during a presentation by three local Susquehanna Bank representatives. The presentation tied in with a unit on money the four first-grade teachers at the school would soon be teaching.

"We're getting ready to introduce the students to money," said teacher Kristen Mroz, of an upcoming unit.

Mroz and Lora Clark, whose two classes combined for the first presentation, said the goal also was to encourage students to participate in the student banking program at the school.

Through the program, students can open savings accounts and make deposits at school.

Each student received a book with puzzles, mazes, coloring pages and other money-related activities that they worked on throughout the presentation. They also reviewed a coin chart, through which they learned the value of different coins.

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"We're teaching future leaders to plant the seed at the beginning, to get a good start," said Susquehanna representative Cindy Helman, whose daughter is in Clark's class.

Toward the end of the program, students were told about the piggy bank moral - work hard so you have money to spend, save and share. Students then signed a Be Smart, Save Money certificate that encouraged them to save half of what they earned.

Goodie bags containing small bags of shredded money from the United States Federal Reserve, as well as some small items from Susquehanna Bank, were a big draw for the curious students.

"It is a good program. It is good to get an early start," Clark said.

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