Washington Trust Offers Free Financial Education Program to Rhode Island Schools and Students

WEST, RI, May 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Washington Trust provides free online financial literacy resources and tools to schools and students around the world Rhode Island through Banzai, an award-winning program and content library. Banzai allows users to practice real-world finance from the safety of their home or classroom using any internet-connected device. Washington Trust is the premier financial institution in Rhode Island associate with Banzai, Inc..

Financial literacy plays an important role in ensuring that students become economically independent as adults,” said Edward O. “Ned” Handy III, president and CEO of The Washington Trust. “We are excited to provide teachers with relevant, accessible and interactive resources that help them build a solid foundation of practical financial knowledge with their students.”

Students will use the free software to learn how to manage a budget, save for a goal, understand credit, and deal with unexpected financial pitfalls. Teachers will be able to easily monitor and record student progress remotely and will be able to implement the program using digital and physical resources, provided free of charge, thanks to sponsorship from The Washington Trust.

“Through our business and financial literacy courses at Tolman, our goal is to provide students with a comprehensive financial education that will empower them to make informed decisions as they chart their path into the future,” says Robert D’Arezzo , Director of the Marketing and Management Academy Program at William E. Tolman High School in pawtucket. D’Arezzo, which was named “Rhode Island Financial Educator of the Year in 2021″ and former winner of the “Pawtucket Teacher of the Year Award”, added “We are thrilled to have access to these dynamic tools and resources through the sponsorship of our school by The Washington Trust and we are looking forward to continuing to integrate them into our curriculum.

Banzai’s educational tools align with Rhode Island state curriculum requirements, making the program a fun way for students to learn essential skills while helping teachers and schools meet the new mandatory requirement to provide financial education in the classroom. To see the full list of sponsored schools, visit https://washtrust.teachbanzai.com/impact.

Teachers interested in using Banzai can visit washtrust.teachbanzai.com or call 888-8-BANZAI.

Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the nation’s oldest community bank and one of the Northeast’s leading financial services companies. Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including the commercial bank, mortgage bank, personal banking and wealth management and fiduciary services through its offices located at Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ:WASH). Additional information about Washington Trust and its affiliates is available at https://www.washtrust.com/.

SOURCEThe Washington Trust Company

Sarah J. Greer