JA of Lincoln just wrapped up the second year of our unique Bank on Youth program, and once again we’re overjoyed with the results! More than 230 kindergarteners at schools all across Lincoln made goals and then worked together to meet them. Thanks to State Farm, we were able to reward many of them in a big way.
As we’ve mentioned before, the concept behind Bank on Youth is simple – as a classroom, students decide on something they’d like to buy for their school. This year, goals ranged from Kindle Fires to learning games to donations to charities. They figure out how much money they’ll need, and then they start saving. Students did chores at home, held bake sales, and participated in school fundraisers. At the end of the year, the classrooms that worked the hardest earned matching (or far beyond matching! grants from State Farm).
This year’s largest grant ($2,000!) went to the kindergarten classrooms of Kathie Rynearson and Rebecca Grooms at St. John’s School, where the students worked together to raise $1,987 to replace the rugs in their classrooms and buy new math activities. State Farm also provided $500-$1,000 grants to ten other public kindergarten teachers and their students.
Other teachers and schools to be recognized are: Kristine Ray, West Lincoln Elementary; Andrea Woita, Cyndi Tyler, Kari Sawyer, Chantelle Schroeder, Meadow Lane Elementary; Kristine Wendelin, Kahoa Elementary; and Karen Vontz, Clinton Elementary.
JA and State Farm launched the Bank on Youth program last year specifically to help kindergarten students understand the concepts of earning, saving and goal setting. Teachers who chose to participate were provided a classroom piggy bank, curriculum materials and posters with stickers to help students mark their progress.
Thanks and congratulations to all the teachers and students who participated! And of course, thank you to State Farm for their generous support of our youngest students!