Local High School Students Learn How to Budget

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Updated: 10/24/2013 9:25 pm
A computer program is helping teachers bring financial responsibility to their classrooms. Banzai is a literacy software given to teachers free of charge. This gives students the opportunity to see what it's like to be an adult in adult situations. Keesler Federal Credit Union sponsors Banzai for teachers like Elizabeth Tyner of the Christian Collegiate Academy in Gulfport. She says, "I really enjoy it. It's my second year to teach it and they like it a lot." Tyner's computer class ranges from 8th to 11th grade, and the students say the program will help them in the future. T.J., a 9th grader, says, "It’s going to help me manage my money better in college, so I’ll be able to budget." Jill, another 9th grader, says, "It’s going to show me how to do stuff whenever I’m older and out the house." The Banzai computer program gives students real life scenarios so they can become better at budgeting. Erikka, another 9th grade student, says, "Pretty much knowing how to go over your budget and when you go over your budget, how to fix it." Banzai comes with over 30 scenarios that students work through while maintaining a virtual budget. The program also features a pre and posttest to track their progress. The students of Ms. Tyner's classroom are proud of what they are able to do after Banzai. Torvon, an 8th grader, says, "I can now balance my parents' expenses and checking accounts." Teachers like Tyner are grateful that the Keesler Credit Union sponsors a program that helps fill a need for high school aged students. Tyner also says, “Some of them are buying cars, some of them do have jobs, some of them are saving for college and this program does all of that." Both private and public high schools from Moss Point to Bay St. Louis use Banzai in their classrooms.

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