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The ribbon is cut to open the new Cardinal Branch of the Treynor State Bank in the elementary school at Treynor, IA. Photos of the outstanding teller event here...

Creating an ongoing partnership to improve financial literacy for students

Banks in the Schools. Early in 2001, the UNO Center for Economic Education, OPS Conestoga Magnet School, and Well Fargo Bank began meeting to create a real world experience for students that supported the school's theme of economics and financial literacy and its' saving curriculum. The outcome of these meeting was the first elementary in-school savings bank in recent Nebraska history. Since that year, The UNO Center has worked with numerous in-school savings only banks in different school districts. With local bank partners, schools have helped many successful student savers.

Bloomer-UNO Bank is recognized by the National Financial Roundtable Company Project of the Week for April 9, 2013! Here is a PDF of the full story!

Bloomer Bank Video

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The UNO Center conducts teacher workshops for faculty featuring developmentally appropriate lessons about saving that the staff then uses in the classrooms k-5. All students get some personal finance instruction even if they are not able to bring deposits. Students acting as tellers have to apply for the job and go through a regular interview process and training program with the partner bank. "Having a real world experience is invaluable for both student tellers and student depositors and makes the lessons from the classroom teacher come alive for students." said Center Co-Director, Mary Lynn Reiser.

Below is a chart of all of our Bank in the Schools programs. If you have a question or desire to learn more about this process, please contact the UNO Center for Economic Education at 554-2357 for more information.

Our Center's work with US Bank and Bloomer Bears Bank was featured in the Financial Services Roundtable daily newsletter!

Bloomer School students work on their teller skills:

Treynor "Cardinal Branch"

The UNO Center for Economic Education joined Treynor Elementary School and Treynor State Bank in Iowa to establish the Cardinal Branch of the bank for students in September. This partnership, where student tellers, take savings only deposits under the direction of mentors from the bank marks the 10th partnership that the UNO Center has helped establish since 2002. The branch is open one morning a week and students can bring in deposits to the student tellers and save for future goals when they leave the school. Treynor's effort is part of a special financial education program funded by Treynor State Bank for the entire K-12 Treynor district. The UNO Center is working with the Treynor economic specialist to develop a comprehensive plan for supporting economic and financial literacy for the district.

Two videos about the Treynor State Bank Financial Literacy Work

   
The first is a YouTube video "TX Bank with Larry King" (8 minutes) discussing programs by TS bank to increase student financial literacy. The second is a shorter video summarizing the TS bank work with young people.

In addition to the Treynor Bank, two other school/bank partnership with the UNO Center have opened banks this fall, Fontenelle School with First National Bank and First State Bank of Fremont at Archbishop Bergen Elementary. This is the second school for First State Bank of Fremont. Future Iowa school bank plans including a new school bank with Bloomer School in Council Bluffs with US Bank in January, 2011.

The UNO Center began this outreach program in 2002 with Conestoga Economics Magnet School which this year changed its partnership to Centris Federal Credit Union, another first for the Center/school partnerships. Other school banks working with the UNO Center include: Spring Lake/Security National, Underwood Focus School/First National, Skinner Magnet Center/US Bank, RM Marrs Magnet Center and South High School/Wells Fargo. Linden School/First State Bank of Fremont.

List of Area Schools with "Bank in the Schools" programs

Founding Date School Bank/Credit Union Partner Center
2002 Conestoga Economics and Mathematics Magnet Center, Omaha Well Fargo, 2002-09, Centris Federal Credit Union 2010-11, US Bank, Omaha 2011 UNO Center for Economic Education
2005 R.M. Marrs Middle School Magnet Center, OPS Wells Fargo, Omaha UNO Center for Economic Education
2006 Clinton Elementary School, LPS US Bank, 233 S. 13th St., Lincoln UNL Center for Economic Education
2008 Thayer County Intermediate School Thayer County Bank, Hebron UNL Center for Economic Education
2009 Spring Lake Mathematics Magnet Center, OPS Security National Bank, 29th and L St., Omaha UNO Center for Economics Education
2009 Linden Elementary School, Fremont First State Bank, Fremont UNO Center for Economic Education
2009 Omaha South High School, OPS Wells Fargo, 24th and L St., Omaha UNO Center for Economic Education
2010 Skinner Magnet Center, OPS US Bank, 1700 Farnam St. Omaha UNO Center for Economic Education
2010 Underwood Focus School, Learning Community, Omaha First National Bank, Omaha UNO Center for Economic Education
2010 Treynor Elementary School, Treynor, Ia. Treynor State Bank, Treynor, Ia. UNO Center for Economic Education
2010 Fontenelle Elementary School, OPS First National Bank, 48th and Ames, Omaha UNO Center for Economic Education
2010 Archbishop Bergen Elementary School First State Bank, Fremont UNO Center for Economic Education
2011 Bloomer Elementary, Council Bluffs, Ia. US Bank, Council Bluffs, Ia. UNO Center for Economic Education
2011 Hartley Elementary, Lincoln Liberty First Credit Union, Lancaster County UNL Center for Economic Education
2012 Elliott Elementary, Lincoln Peoples Choice Federal Credit Union UNL Center for Economic Education
2012 Huntington Elementary, Lincoln Liberty First Credit Union, Lancaster County UNL Center for Economic Education
2013 Hoover Elementary, Council Bluffs, Ia. US Bank, Council Bluffs, Ia. UNO Center for Economic Education
2013 Belmont Elementary, Lincoln Liberty First Credit Union, Lancaster County UNL Center for Economic Education
2014 Cavett Elementary, Lincoln Liberty First Credit Union, Lancaster County UNL Center for Economic Education
2014 Emerson Elementary, Lincoln Kearney Federal Credit Union, Kearney UNL Center for Economic Education
2015 Lakeview Elementary, Lincoln West Gate Bank UNL Center for Economic Education