Today, Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante and First National Bank of Omaha visited King Elementary School to educate students about financial literacy and award two students with a $1,000 scholarship as part of the annual Teach Children to Save Day.
The event featured opening remarks from Alec Gorynski, Vice President of Community Development, First National Bank of Omaha, followed by a discussion with Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante, Trustee of NEST 529 and an interactive presentation on money management led by a Benjamin Franklin character. The presentations concluded with Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha awarding two randomly selected winners from the backpack distribution contest a $1,000 NEST 529 College Savings Plan account contribution.
“It is imperative to instill the importance of financial literacy among younger generations. The annual Teach Children to Save Day event is not only a favorite among students, but is also an invaluable tool to connect with and educate them about the importance of savings,” said Treasurer Murante. “We hope the lessons learned in the presentation will help to further prepare these young scholars for their future academic success, and encourage them to share this knowledge with their family and friends.”
Created in 1997 by the American Bankers Association, Teach Children to Save is a national program that encourages bank volunteers to help young people develop savings habits. Financial education is a key piece of First National Bank of Omaha’s commitment to community development, and the bank has historically been active in Teach Children to Save Day.
“At NEST 529, it is our hope that every student – at King Elementary School and beyond – is able to fulfill their academic dreams. It’s why we have made it our mission to help educate families and young students about the importance of higher education savings,” said Goodkin. “We are delighted to once again offer the Teach Children to Save Day event to help provide important financial literacy lessons in a fun and engaging way. We’d like to extend congratulations to this year’s scholarship winners and look forward to their bright academic futures.”
Photos from the event are available for download here:
About NEST 529
NEST 529 is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and the State Farm 529 Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. Union Bank & Trust Company serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 285,000 accounts, including over 94,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.
About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have more than $23 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.