CAMDEN — Camden National Bank sent dozens of its employees out into classrooms across Maine in an effort to teach youth about the importance of savings and money management. The effort was part of the 14th annual nationally organized “Teach Children to Save Day.”

The classroom lesson component of the Teach Children to Save program involves bankers teaching students personal finance basics through activities, interactive scenarios and sharing real-life experiences.

Classroom presentations included games and activities about how interest makes money grow, how to create a spending plan and differentiating between needs and wants. They were targeted at enhancing youths’ financial literacy and money-management skills. Several classes visited their local Camden National Bank or Union Trust branch to learn more about the importance of saving for emergencies and how banks can help.

Local Camden National Bank employees participating in the program and the schools they visited included: Heidi Baker and Cindy Gilmore, Kingfield Elementary School; Cindy Dixon, Mt. Abram Regional High School; Dora Sargent, Sheila Waldeck and Teri Smith, Rangeley Lakes Regional School; and Jodie Caldwell and Debora Plouffe, Stratton Elementary.

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