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Financial literacy pays off for ten local students
Financial literacy pays off for ten local students

A lesson in financial literacy is already paying off for ten West Michigan students. 

In March, Macatawa Bank encouraged students in Kent, Ottawa and Allegan counties to take part in its ‘Emergency Fund Grant’ Essay Contest.  To be eligible, students had to complete the Dave Ramsey Foundation Financial Literacy course.  In all, 310 essays about the course were submitted by students from 24 high schools. 

“It was rewarding for the Bank to read through the essays and see how much the students have learned through their Foundations in Personal Finance classes,” said Christine Bart, Macatawa Bank Marketing Director.  “We are proud to sponsor the curriculum and really value the teachers’ efforts in the classroom in teaching the students lessons that will better prepare them for life.”

Macatawa Bank whittled down the entries to the following ten winners, who were awarded a $500 ‘Emergency Fund’ grant last week:

  • Zachary Weidenfeller - Comstock Park High School (teacher - Karen Auwers)
  • Trent Collins – Grandville High School (teacher - Mr. Schwalm)
  • Shelby Schultz – Grandville High School (teacher - Mr. Schwalm)
  • Ryan Marshall – Comstock Park High School (teacher - Karen Auwers)
  • Richelle Dernberger – Zeeland East High School (teacher - Chris Linderman)
  • Rachael Vruggink – Hudsonville High School (teacher - Joy Essenburg)
  • Kylie Kuicowski – Hudsonville High School (teacher - Chad Sytsma)
  • Gabrielle Snoeyink – Grandville High School (teacher - Mr. Schwalm)
  • Jennifer Meredith Lee – Hudsonville High School (teacher - Chad Sytsma)
  • Luke Pahl – Comstock Park High School (teacher - Karen Auwers)

 

 

Holland-based Macatawa Bank sponsored the financial literacy course.

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