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For Immediate Release  Date:  April 9, 2014

Article by Marguerite Lozier

Although April 11th is National Teach Children to Save Day, the employees of Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust will be spending April 7 through April 17 visiting the Marinette, Menominee and Crivitz schools to promote the importance of saving money.  Our staff will make 52 presentations reaching 1,073 students.

The bankers use their experience to inspire students to become life-long savers. They challenge the students to have a plan for the future.  The bankers and students talk about ways to make money, the importance of paying yourself first, keeping your money safe by opening a bank account, budgeting, weighing the difference between needs vs wants and spending your money wisely.

We participate in this program because we hope to make a difference in the lives of children by teaching them about sound money habits.  It’s never too early to get our children thinking about their future and the importance money will play.  Practicing good money habits early will produce great rewards down the road.

Tom Maxwell, President of the Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust said that “teaching young children the importance of saving can help them achieve their dreams and put them on the path to financial security.”

In 2013 Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust and 21 of its bank employees were recognized by the Wisconsin Bankers Association for their dedication to improving financial literacy among their customers and community members, including the WBA 2012-2013 “Wisconsin Teach Children to Save Day Award which was presented to Kay Carlson, Coordinator of the bank‘s program.

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust is a 111 year old, locally owned, community bank with locations at 1644 Ludington Street, Marinette; 2811 Roosevelt Road, Marinette; and 114 S Highway 141 in Crivitz.  For more information about the Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust visit us at

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust Participates in the National Teach Children To Save Program
Article by Kay Carlson, image courtesy of the American Bankers AssociationABA Teach Children to Save day

April 24, 2014 - Employees of Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust volunteered their time to visit classrooms in our area as part of the National Teach Children To Save program, sponsored by the Wisconsin Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association Education Foundation. April 11th was National Teach Children To Save Day.

"We participate in this program because we hope to make a difference in the lives of children," said Kay Carlson, coordinator of Bankers Promoting Financial Literacy at FMBT. "Hopefully, we are planting a seed that kids will continue to sow throughout the years. We hope they take a portion of what they learn from our program and apply it to different aspects of their daily lives."

The Teach Children To Save campaign kicked off on Monday, April 7th when Carlson, Tammy Billock, Lorraine Porter, Beverly Terry, Shirley Ott and Kate Saylor gave presentations to first grade students at Crivitz Elementary School and kindergarten through fifth grades at Menominee Catholic Central Elementary in Menominee.

They and fellow bank employees Jenni England, Yvonne Erickson, Laura Figas, Nicole Johnson, Mary Kornusky, Laura McMahon, Kathy Phillips, Lorraine Porte, Wendy Harris, Terry Lucas, Sue Porter, Kathy Burch and Mary Wilde gave 52 presentations to over 1,073 area children during a nine day period...more than any other local financial institution!

In addition to Crivitz Elementary and Menominee Catholic Central, they also visited Garfield, Merryman, Menekaunee Sunshine Learning Center and Park elementary schools in Marinette, as well as Blesch Intermediate School and Central Elementary in Menominee.

The bankers use their experience to inspire students to become life-long savers. They teach children how to spend money wisely and discuss the differences between needs and wants.

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Teach Children to Save (TCTS) is a national program that organizes banker volunteers to help young people develop a savings habit early in life. Since the program started in 1997, some 130,500 bankers have taught savings skills to 6 million students.  Bankers participate on Teach Children to Save Day, April 11, or anytime throughout the year as part of this industry-wide initiative to educate young people about the importance of saving.  Source: American Bankers Association (ABA) Link on TCTSD image above.

Kay Carlson teaching children to save
  Kay Carlson reads to a captivated audience
   in Karla Rastall's kindergarten at Merryman
           Elementary in Marinette (2013)

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