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Apr 22, 2004

Bankers Take Saving Lessons to Alaska School Children

Bankers will be playing games to help school children across the state learn how to save and spend money wisely on things they want and things they need. These lessons in saving come as part of the Teach Children to Save program kicking off today in communities nationwide.

Volunteers from First National Bank Alaska will visit with students from kindergarten through 12th grade during the next few weeks. They will play games and come up with activities about saving, how interest makes money grow, how to budget, and how to figure out the difference between wants and needs. For senior high students, the lessons will include information about careers in banking.

Understanding the value of saving and the responsibility of debt are important lessons for Alaskan children, especially given their enviable position as recipients of a Permanent Fund Dividend check, said Betsy Lawer, First Nationals Vice Chair and Chief Operating Officer. Teaching our children financial skills is a wise investment in Alaskas financial future.

The national Teach Children to Save program is sponsored by the non-profit American Bankers Association Education Foundation, which works to improve personal money management throughout the
United States.

Established in 1922, First National is Alaskas largest Alaskan-owned and operated bank, with ATMs and
27 branches throughout Alaska.


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