The Fillmore Central FBLA officers have chosen to pursue a partnership program where they learn more about personal financial skills in the area of banking. Throughout the school year, they have been working with Geneva State Bank to gain financial knowledge in addition to helping the community and school through bank service projects.
Historian Ashley Whitley has been working closely with Cheryl Myers, coordinator of the Save for America program to coordinate student volunteers twice a month for the elementary savings program. Sam Rickert and Sally Moore, FC officers, assisted Myers early in the fall in providing orientation presentations regarding the program.
Every other week three different FBLA members assist adult volunteers in collecting deposits from FC Elementary students. This year over 60 elementary students are involved in the program which teaches young students the importance of saving.
In October, six members assisted with two service projects. Over 400 sandwiches were made for harvest lunches that were delivered by bank employees during fall harvest. In addition, members handed out Halloween treats during the Scare on the Square on behalf of the bank.
One goal of FBLA is to educate others regarding the American Enterprise system. FC FBLA partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to hold a special meeting during Money Smart Week.
On November 8, “Can You Afford It? Tips on Wise Credit/Debit Card Use” was held at the high school as one of 200 personal finance workshops held throughout the state.
Members and guests enjoyed hearing bank employees, Jan Stoldorf and Kevin Parde, share information on wise credit and lending practices in addition to how to avoid common pitfalls that teens may encounter when dealing with debit and credit cards.
On February 9, 12 FBLA students participated in a job shadowing day coordinated by Geneva State Bank employees and human resources officer, Deb Gross. Students were addressed by bank president, John Wilkins, after which they were given a tour of the bank.
Throughout the day, the students attended two two-hour shadowing presentations with bank employees in the areas of IT/bookkeeping, personal banking, loans, trusts, teller, and human resources. Students learned the importance of confidentiality and customer service in addition to gaining a better understanding of the banking industry.
The FBLA plans to continue the partnership throughout the remainder of the year by continuing to volunteer with Save for America and other activities as they arise.