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Community Financial Outreach Lesson for Melissa Busbin's Class

Brad Phillips, Branch Manager at Lendmark Financial Services, spent time discussing money management and financial literacy with freshman Introduction to Business and Technology students in Melissa Busbin's classroom. The students have recently completed a unit over money management, check writing and procedures, bank reconciliation, banking history, and savings. Students were entertained as they learned about financial preparedness through Lendmark's educational series[ "On The Money", as presented by Professor Nick L. Endimes. Mr. Phillips stated the program is free and designed to help educate the public concerning money matters. Mr. Phillips discussed how today's actions can effect tomorrow's future. The class engaged in thought provoking discussions and were able to link the lesson with real life experience. "By the time this group graduates high school writing checks could be a thing of the past," Mr. Phillips stated during his lesson, "it is important that we still document transactions in the register even if we are using debit cards. This helps us learn if we are spending money on needs or wants." He stressed the importance of making informed decisions and weighing the pro's and con's of items before making major purchases. "We need to make sure our money is working for us, and not the other way around.", he stated. Students were also instructed on how customer service, business ethics, and concern for others are important in the job market, as well as, how poor credit scores not only make you a credit risk but could also harm candidacy for employment.
Students received valuable information from the lesson which can be used through out their entire life. "On The Money" can be located at