Junior ATB Program at High Prairie Elementary

Junior ATB Program at High Prairie Elementary
Posted on 02/17/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

High Prairie, Alberta – ATB Financial and High Prairie Elementary have introduced their Junior ATB Program to the students of HPE. “Since 2009, the Junior ATB Program has taught financial knowledge and life skills to elementary students within the walls of their own schools. The Junior ATB Branch introduces students to the basics of money management and financial literacy as they create their specific savings plan and goals. By working together as a team, each student will learn the value of being a trustworthy employee while enjoying the rewards of running their own business”. This program directly supports the Ministerial Order on Student Learning, specifically (4)(g) apply multiple literacies: reading, writing, mathematics, technology, languages, media, and personal finance; (4)(i) demonstrate global and cultural understanding, considering the economy and sustainable development. The program has a hiring process for a suggested number of 21 student-held positions from Tellers and Greeters to a CEO and Vice Chair complete with an application and hiring phase. Any student wishing to open a savings account must have permission from their parents; no accounts can be opened without parental consent.

Almost 100 schools across Alberta run the Junior ATB Program. ATB Financial funds this initiative with each Junior ATB board receiving $1,000 per year, $500 of which is allocated towards marketing expenses such as contest prizes, art supplies, or lunches for branch staff. The other $500 is available for grants to be used for the betterment of the school. As with all organizations that support our students and enrich their education through program offerings and support, whether it be financial or in-kind, are greatly appreciated. This hands-on learning is just one of the ways that students in our division are taught attitudes and behaviours to be successful at work.

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