MERRILLVILLE | Centier Bank hosted its eighth annual Financial Literacy Fair for Educators on Wednesday at the Centier Centre.
Presenters included representatives from Centier, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Indiana Attorney General’s Office and Junior Achievement.
Updated FDIC Money Smart information was available, and Angela Lyons, associate professor at University of Illinois, offered global perspective.
Centier Bank continues to promote financial literacy and capabilities through myriad efforts and annually offers findings to educators in the area.
“Increasing one’s financial understanding increases one’s financial capability which, in turn, increases one’s quality of life." said Dian Reyome, Centier Financial Capabilities Coordinator/CRA Advocate, in a statement. "Centier is proud to offer this event and be involved in many others including Bank On Northwest Indiana and Money Smart Week.”
Educators came from middle and high schools, colleges, Indiana State Teachers Association, Habitat for Humanity, McColly Real Estate, WorkOne, Gary Career Center, Youth Service Bureau, Plan Sponsor Council of America, Indiana Parenting Institute and the Food Bank of NW Indiana.
“It was so refreshing to learn about the resources literally at our fingertips to assist the families we serve and help them achieve financial sufficiency and independence," said Jena Bellezza, of the Indiana Parenting Institute, in a statement.
Beth Hobbs, of Scott Middle School said she was eager to use the new information in her class.