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Heritage Academy Visit

Heritage Academy 6th Grade Students Visit Patriot

Heritage Academy 6th Grade Students and their teacher, Dawn Horn, visit Patriot to learn about the credit union and how it plays a role in everyday personal financial decisions.

 

Thirteen 6th grade students, their teacher and two parents representing the Heritage Academy School in Hagerstown, Maryland, recently toured Patriot’s Wayne Avenue branch, as part of a collaboration between Heritage Academy and the credit union. Patriot purchased personal finance course materials for the school’s 6th grade students called “Foundations in Personal Finance: Middle School Edition.” The course materials are designed to help students understand personal finance concepts and to empower the students to learn how to make sound financial decisions throughout their lives.

Heritage Academy students get a demonstration of Patriot’s Interactive Teller Machine (ITM), where members can conduct transactions and talk to a Patriot ITM Operator live on the ITM screen.

 

“It was a lot of fun for our Patriot team to host the students and to be able to help Heritage Academy help their students learn important life-long personal finance decision-making skills,” said Patriot Corporate Affairs Officer, John Kilduff. Providing the students with a tour of our credit union gave them an opportunity to understand how the classroom concepts they learned tie together with an actual financial institution like Patriot.”

“Our students loved the personal finance class,” Horn said. I did not expect them to enjoy the class as much as they did. They asked every day when we were going to have it and they moaned when the lesson was over. And we were happy knowing our students were learning about saving and spending their own money. And while our students were just 11 and 12 years old, they all felt very special touring your credit union. It tied everything together for them and it was a tremendous learning experience.”

Heritage Academy students get a tour and ask Patriot staff questions about the safety deposit box room.

 

According the Heritage Academy’s Principal, Dave Hobbs, the school plans to expand the course curriculum to other students. “I’m impressed by how the curriculum for middle school students held the attention of the students in our 6th grade class,” said Hobbs. I’m definitely a believer and this spring our 7th and 8th grades will be studying personal finance. We think it is important that the material not only educates our students to be better consumers, it can also help entire families reduce stress caused by poor financial decisions. We believe through this collaboration with Patriot, we can help students better understand how credit, debt and other personal finance issues impact them throughout their lives.”