Local students are learning the basics of banking and being smart with money.
Grade 1 to 6 students at Fort Elementary are in their third year of Junior ATB. The program allows elementary school students to operate their own working ATB branch. With guidance from real ATB associates, students serve as greeters, tellers, back cash counters—even directors on the board. Their classmates are invited to open actual savings accounts where they can make regular deposits at school.
On Tuesday (October 24), they selected a new Board of Directors.
Directors are responsible for running Junior ATB campaigns, promotions and working to get more kids interested in saving money.
"It's about creating good habits around savings, because you will need that for the rest of your life," said Fort Saskatchewan ATB branch manager Ed Sperling.
The student-run boared is compromised of nine Grade 4 to 6 students, all whom went through the application and interview process.
"Savings is a habit that you really need to become familiar with at an early stage in life and understand the importance," added Sperling.
The program continues to grow with almost 50 kids at Fort Elementary applying for positions on the Junior ATB board.