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Ed. Students Teach Children to Save


Becky Anderson, a senior from Imboden, Ark., presents a savings lesson at Alma Spikes Elementary School.

The Bank of Pocahontas and education students from Williams Baptist College teamed up for "Teach Children to Save Day" Wednesday, April 14. The program was presented to second graders at Alma Spikes Elementary School in Pocahontas.

Bank of Pocahontas has sponsored the program since 1996 and has taught over 1,500 students in the years since. Student teachers from the Williams Teacher Education Program presented the lesson on saving to the school children, and employees from Bank of Pocahontas assisted the student teachers.

The bank also provided all the children with savings banks, as well as a dollar bill for each child to begin their saving habits.

"Teach Children to Save Day is one of our favorite activities of the year," according to Carol Belford-Lewallen, Bank of Pocahontas vice president . "We have the chance to visit with and enjoy the second grade students. And presenting the program with the education majors from WBC allows us to reach more students about saving money. Plus it gives the WBC students the opportunity to teach children in actual classroom settings. It’s a great situation for the college, for our bank and for the students at Alma Spikes."

Betty Neeley and Sue Whitmire of the Williams education faculty accompanied 18 early childhood education majors from the college who presented the program.

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