Bank working with Pinellas schools to teach financial skills
Fifth Third Bank has started a new partnership with with the Pinellas County School Board to improve students' financial knowledge through a variety of programs. Topics include the importance of saving, how to reach financial goals, mortgages, credit and how education and career choices can affect students' lives long-term.
The Foundations in Personal Finance program will start next semester.
Volunteers from Fifth Third Bank will be available to teach and mentor students. The program includes the Young Bankers Club, a 10-week summer camp to teach financial basics, a one-day class for middle school students about the importance of saving and a financial literacy curriculum that can be incorporated into some high school classes.
The cost of background screening for all Fifth Third Bank's volunteers will be paid by the bank. The program is free to the school district.
The bank also will offer district employees seminars and financial consultation.
Board member Glenton Gilzean initiated the program, which was approved earlier this month by the entire board. School officials said they would have more details about the program next week.