Bellco Credit Union and Economic Literacy Colorado Celebrate Financial Literacy Month with New ‘FUNancial $marts’ Educational Book for Middle School Students

The booklet provides tweens/teens with the basics of money management

April 26, 2022 – Economic Literacy Colorado (EconLitCO) and Bellco Credit Union celebrate Financial Literacy Month by launching a new “FUNancial $marts” educational activity book for students in grades 6-8 that teaches them the basics of money management. The booklet is distributed through Bellco branches, as well as through other community partnerships.

FUNancial $marts for middle schoolers includes activities on real-life financial situations, making good shopping choices, and ways to compare prices. An electronic version is also available for download. www.bellco.org/funancialsmarts.

“Developing short- and long-term financial habits and skills leads to greater financial well-being. And ensuring that young people in our community have the critical skills they need to succeed is a top priority for Bellco,” said John Rivera, Senior Vice President and Head of Retail, Bellco Credit Union. “We are proud to partner with Economic Literacy Colorado for the third year and support their efforts to provide teachers with the information and materials they need to bring financial empowerment to their classrooms.”

Personal finance and basic economics are essential skills that every student will use throughout their lives. We’ve had great success with the K-5 ‘FUNancial $marts’ activity book and are excited about the new book for high school students,” said Debbie Pierce, President and CEO of EconLitCO. “We encourage Coloradans to challenge themselves and their children by increasing awareness and education around economics and financial literacy, essential knowledge to be successful members of our free system. business.”

April was dubbed Financial Literacy Month in 2004 in hopes of raising awareness about the importance of understanding personal finances and the consequences associated with little or no financial education. In 2019, Bellco partnered with EconLitCO to create “FUNancial $marts” for elementary school students. The Elementary Activity Book includes collaborative lessons on counting money, budgeting, and building a business. With the help of a teacher, parent or family member, FUNancial $marts can equip young people with the knowledge to make informed decisions and prepare them to face the financial and economic challenges of their coming. An electronic version of the K-5 book is also available for download from Bellco’s website.

EconLitCO has several resources available, including distance learning for parents and students, personal finance literacy, news and activities, and more. To access these resources and upcoming courses, visit the ELC website at ecolitco.org.

About Bellco

Bellco is one of Colorado’s largest financial institutions, with over $6 billion in assets and 26 branches in Colorado. Founded in 1936, Bellco offers a full range of financial products and services, including home equity loans, auto loans and checking accounts. Today, Bellco has more than 350,000 members who enjoy the benefits of a credit union, including lower interest rates on loans, higher returns on savings, and access to thousands of ATMs across the country. Connect with Bellco on Facebook and Twitter. Bellco is federally insured by the NCUA and is an equal housing lender.

About Colorado Economic Literacy

Economic Literacy Colorado enables Colorado students to achieve a life of economic understanding and financial security by providing personal economic and financial education to teachers and their students through university-accredited programs and professional development. To learn more, please visit www.econlitco.org and follow Economic Literacy Colorado on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Sarah J. Greer