Dave Kriz

Apr 02 2018

April is Financial Literacy Month

A young boy and young girl look at Ipads.

April is National Financial Literacy Month. At Hills Bank, we believe in educating young people to take control of their financial future. To support this important endeavor, we’ve partnered with EverFi to bring the Hills Bank Financial Education Program to schools throughout the Corridor. This program provides an interactive, web-based financial management course to elementary and middle school students at no cost to the school.

According to EverFi survey data, 87% of parents talk to their kids about money but only 43% of parents describe themselves as well prepared to teach their kids about money, and many do not discuss more complex concepts like credit, financing higher education, or building wealth.

We support students with critical financial knowledge and skills by providing financial literacy education in our local community classrooms. EverFi’s web-based course uses videos, animations, 3-D gaming, and avatars to bring financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. Course curriculum aligns with both state and national financial literacy standards.

Currently, the Hills Bank Financial Education Program reaches nearly 2,000 students in 18 schools. The program covers key financial topics such as credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401(k)s, and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards.

Hills Bank employees also volunteer in the classroom throughout the school year to reinforce the importance of these financial tools and to help students understand the impact that money and finances can have on their future. We’re incredibly proud to be working with schools to help teach the next generation of students these valuable skills!

In addition to supporting financial literacy education in schools, Hills Bank provides tools to help children practice smart money habits. Learn more about our youth accounts at www.HillsBank.com/KidsAccounts.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Hills Bank Financial Education Program, contact Dave Kriz, Hills Bank Youth and Education Director, at Dave_Kriz@HillsBank.com.

Dave Kriz

About Dave Kriz

Dave Kriz is Vice President, Youth and Education Director for Hills Bank. He has been at Hills Bank since 2001 helping customers with their banking needs. Dave is active in youth and education programs Hills Bank sponsors. As a former teacher, he enjoys teaching Banking 101 classes at area schools, which educate junior high students about managing finances. Each year, Dave also organizes the Youth Salute program that recognizes outstanding high school seniors in our surrounding communities. Dave can be reached at dave_kriz@hillsbank.com.

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