Young Bankers Club teaches kids financial responsibility

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — Over 100 fifth-grade students from Huntington and Charleston came out to Marshall Tuesday morning as part of the Fifth-Third Bank’s Young Bankers Club.

The students are already in week 4 of a 10-week program.

The Young Bankers Club exposes 5th graders to basic financial concepts like wants versus needs.

In attendance, were students from Explorer Academy in Huntington, and Mary Ingles and Ruffner Elementary in Charleston.

According to Bob Welty of Fifth Third Bank, 30,000 students have gone through the program in the last 10 years.

Over 1,000 in West Virginia have benefitted from the program.

“This is a little bit like riding a bicycle. These are concepts that you don’t forget,” said State President of Fifth Third Bank, Bob Welty. “That’s going to carry on into their adult life.”

Explorer Academy fifth grader Bryce Winkfield shared that he’s already saving more of his money since he joined the Young Bankers Club.

“I’m looking forward to learning how to spend the money and learning how to be responsible with it and how my future turns out, because I want to be responsible with my money [so I can] have a more successful future,” said Winkfield.

Following brief presentations, students went on tours of Marshall University’s campus to open their eyes to secondary education and learn about how they can pay for college.

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